Woolly Woundwort
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Woolly Woundwort
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Woolly Woundwort
Botanical name: Stachys floccosa    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Woolly Woundwort os a perennial herb with stems erect 40-150 cm, sturdy, obtusely guadrangular, unbranched or with few branches, with a dense white woolly long hairs, leafy. Leaves are green above and white below, ovate to ovate-lanceshaped, 5-8 x 2.5-4.5 cm, heart-shaped, toothed, pointed, densely white woolly below. Leaves are decreasing in size up the stem and transform into floral leaves and bracts. Lower leaf-stalks are up to 4 cm, less above. Flowers are borne in many-flowered clusters on distant interrupted spikes. Bracts are ovate-lanceshaped, about 5 mm. Sepal cup greyish-green, about 9 mm long, not 2-lipped, densely hairy with long hairs, triangular-campanulate; teeth erect, equal, c. 3 mm, acuminate-spinulose; throat of tube rather densely vinous. Flowers are white, pink to pale purple, 1-1.2 cm; upper lip straight, silky; lower lip 3-lobed, longer than upper; tube curved slender. Stamens remain under the upper lip. Style is shortly 2-lobed. Nutlets brown, ovoid, c. 2 x 1.5 mm, apically rounded. Woolly Woundwort is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan, Pakistan to Kashmir, NW India. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed at Shankaracharya Hill, Srinagar, Kashmir.
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