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  Pogostemon peethapushpum
 
  Family: LAMIACEAE/LABIATAE
  Citation:  Pogostemon peethapushpum Pradeep, Candollea 53: 419. 1998.
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  Description: Subshrubs to ca 1.5 m long, stem and branchlets quandrangular, glabrous, often tinged with purple, sometimes rooting from lower nodes. Leaves simple, opposite, decussate, 6-12 x 5-7 cm, ovate, acute to acuminate at apex, truncate at base, margin doubly serrate-dentate, dark green above and pale beneath, subcoriaceous, 3-5-nerved, nerves prominent beneath, glabrescent on lower surface; petiole 5-8 cm long, glabrous. Inflorescence of few flowered axillary cymose panicles, 5-9 cm long; bracts subulate, 6-8 x 1.0-1.5 mm, sparsely hairy, margin entire, apex subobtuse; bracteoles linear, 2-3 mm long, sparsely hairy. Flowers erect; pedicel 1-6 mm long, glabrous. Calyx tubular, 8-10 mm long, tube 5-6 mm long, prominently 6-nerved, glabrous, 5-toothed, teeth 3-4 mm long, subequal, triangular, acuminate, margin hispid. Corolla yellow, funnel-shaped, 8-9 mm long, tube 6 mm long; upper lip 3-lobed, lobes subequal, rotund, 2 x 2 mm, glabrous inside and densely hispid outside; lower lip entire, ovate-lanceolate, 2.5 x 2 mm, subacute at apex, veins conspicuous. Stamens 4, exserted, didynamous, upper ones 17-19 mm long, lower ones 11-13 mm long, densely hairy towards base; anthers yellow, reniform, 1 mm in diameter, unilocular. Disc ca 1 mm long, subentire, glabrous. Ovary 4-partite, 0.5 mm long, oblong, glandular and simple hairy dorsally and apically; style 18-22 mm long, slender, bifid at apex; lobes equal, ca. 1 mm long.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-April
  District(s): Kozhikkode, Kannur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Wet areas in evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats (Kerala)
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Kerala
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 1500-2000
  Localities: Vellarimala
   
 
   
 
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