Chinese Leucas
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Chinese Leucas
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Chinese Leucas
Botanical name: Leucas chinensis    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Phlomis chinensis, Leucas benthamiana, Leucas lamiifolia Zipp. ex Span.

Chinese Leucas is a shrub 20-30 cm tall; mostly densely white silky-woolly. Stems are robust, branched at base; branches erect or spreading. Leaves are stalkless to nearly stalkless, ovate-round, 8-13 x 6-10 mm, base broadly wedge-shaped to subheart-shaped, margin rounded toothed-sawtoothed above base, tip blunt; lateral veins 2 or 3 pairs, impressed above. Flowers are borne in spaced whorls in spike-like clusters in leaf-axils, 3-8-flowered, 1-2 cm in diameter; bracts linear, 2-3 mm. Calyx is tubular-bell-shaped, about 5 mm, densely appressed silky on upper 1/3 inside, veins prominently elevated outside; teeth 10, triangular-subulate, about 1 mm. Flower are white, about 1.1 cm; tube slender, slightly enlarged at throat, about 7 mm, hairless outside, obliquely hairy annulate slightly above middle inside; lower lip spreading, middle lobe largest, kidney-shaped. Filaments are slightly bearded. Chinese Leucas is found in Peninsular India and China. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed at Attakatti, Tamil Nadu.

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