Leucas eriostoma Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 686 1885. (Syn: Leucas eriostoma var. eriostoma ; Leucas lepistoma Wight ex Hook.f.; Phlomis eriostoma B.Heyne ex Hook.f.);
Stout, suffruticose undershrubs, upto 1 m high; stem and branches 4-gonous, hispid with long spreading hairs, degree of hairiness highly variable. Leaves opposite, 5-10 x 0.5-4 cm, linear, linear-lanceolate or lanceolate, obtuse or acute, narrowed at base to the short petiole, obtusely serrate, hirsute both sides with long spreading hairs, thick, gland-dots inconspicuous; veins 5-7 pairs, very oblique, raised beneath, impressed above. Flower whorls 1-2.5 cm in diam., terminal and axillary. Bracts 7-9 mm long, as long as calyx or longer, linear, plumose or pectinately villous, tips recurved or not. Calyx-tube 5-10 mm long, tubular-campanulate, straight, narrowed above the nutlets, ribbed and hispid in the upper part, glabrous in lower region; mouth truncate; villi present; teeth 10, about 1 mm long, equal, linear-subulate, sparsely hairy, ciliate, erect, not recurved, not spinulose at tip, shorter than villi or rarely equalling. Corolla-tube included within the calyx, pilose annulate within towards base, hairy outside at the top; lips almost equal, upper one bearded with long white hairs, lower lip 3-lobed and pubescent on outer surface. Anthers glabrous. Nutlets ca 2 mm long, oblong.
Flowering and fruiting: November-March
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi
from India Biodiversity Portal )
Leucas eriostoma Hook.f. SN Sep 54 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3).
Leucas eriostoma Hook.f. wild herb from Tidiandmul area of Coorg, Karnataka
My flora picture of the year 2014 : 3 posts by 3 authors.
I used travel different parts of southern India every month to a nice location in order to explore the flora of the area. Usually I will be in the field by early morning. I will be in the field up to 2- 3 O clock. I used to move very slowly by observing the flora and taking the photographs using different back grounds. Some times i used collect some samples 500 g – 1 kg for research work. In my journey I happened to see several interesting taxa. If I check I may get a list. Among them I selected one plant for my flora picture of the year. Leucas eriostoma Hook.f. is my flora picture of the year 2014. I saw this taxa first time, I found this from Tidyandmul area of Coorg, which is an interior area adjacent to some coffee cultivation. The vegetation is unique and human movement is also less there.
… thanks for sharing this not-so-common (perhaps rare) species of Leucas.
Lamiaceae fortnight SN02 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Leucas eriostoma Hook.f., from Medikere, Theerthahalli, Karnataka