Leucas suffruticosa Benth., Labiat. Gen. Spec. 611 1834. ;

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Much branched undershrubs, with long and stout root stock; branches terete, rigid, hispid with erect-appressed hairs and few bristle-like spreading hairs. Leaves sessile or subsessile, opposite, 1-3 x 0.15-0.3 cm, linear, obtuse, entire and revolute-margined, ciliate with bristle-like hairs, white tomentose beneath, coriaceous. Flower-whorls many-flowered, terminating 8-25 cm long, scapiform, tomentose branches, sometimes scape further extends ending in an another whorl of flowers, each whorl subtended by a pair of leaves. Bracts upto 3 mm long, about half as long as calyx, linear, setaceous, villous. Calyx-tube 6-7 mm long, campanulate, villous with golden yellow hairs; mouth truncate; villi as long as teeth; teeth ca 1 mm long, erect, spinulose. Corolla-tube included or ca 1 mm exserted from the calyx; upper lip densely bearded with white hairs, shorter than lower. Nutlets ca 3 mm long, oblong, narrowed towards base, smooth, brownish black. 

Flowering and fruiting: June-October
Peninsular India (endemic) 




Leucas suffruticosa Benth.: Name: Leucas suffruticosa Benth.
Family: Lamiaceae
Flowers are used in rituals by the local people.
Location: Mukruthi NP, Nilgiris, TN
Date: 22 Oct 2012
Alt.: 3560 m asl



Identification Plant:  Pls give ID assistance to this plant

This plant from tamilnadu
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Please provide the details of plant and exact location. Your plant looks very much like Leucas suffruticosa Benth. of Lamiaceae

This plant from Tamilnadu, Palni hills, Altitude 2200 m
The local name of this plant is Malaithulasi
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