Nilgiri Isodon
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Nilgiri Isodon
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Nilgiri Isodon
Botanical name: Isodon nilgherricus    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Plectranthus nilgherricus, Rabdosia nilgherrica, Plectranthus bullatus

Nilgiri Isodon is a glandular hairy shrub. Leaves are 5-10 x 3-6 cm, tip pointed or tapering, base rounded or heart-shaped, sawtoothed; upper ones stalkless, tapering, densely hairy below, nerves 4 pairs; leaf-stalk 3-5 cm long. Flowers are borne in panicle 20-30 cm long. Flowers are 3-5 together, stalked. Flowers are 7 mm long, white with red dots, glandular, lobes fringed with hairs, midlobe larger than sidelobes; filaments hairless. Sepal-cup is 3.5-4 mm long, strongly ribbed, subequally 5-lobed, hirtus. Nilgiri Isodon is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: October-February.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu.

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