Himalaya to SC. China and Indo-China as per WCSP;
Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam as per Flora of China;

Shrub or small tree,4-10m.Young stems white-tomentose with branched hairs. Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate,13.5-30 x 6-11cm, acuminate, base cuneate, subentire to shallowly crenate, upper surface subglabrous, lower surface white-tomentose with branched hairs; petiole 1.8-3.5cm. Inflorescence 8.5-14 x c 2.5cm (excluding exserted stamens). Bracts broadly ovate, c 0.8 x 0.8cm. Calyx 6-9mm,white-tomentose; teeth triangular, subequal, c 1mm. Corolla creamy white, 9-10mm; tube c 6mm; upper lip c 1.5mm, lobes obtuse; lower lip c 3.5mm, middle lobe largest. Stamens 4, purple pink, exserted by c 17mm. Nutlets 5mm long.
Fl. December, February, April.
Open jungle and forest margins, mixed broad-leaved forest, sometimes cultivated.
(Attributions- A.C.J Grierson & D.G Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE and RGoB. 1999 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)


Leucosceptrum canum Sm. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
A new entry to the efi.
Sharing some pictures of Leucosceptrum canum Sm. shot at Suire Chaur Gurje Bhanjyang Nepal on 26 January 2016 at 6000 ft.

Wonderful plant, new to me!!

Thanks a lot, …, for the new addition. I have now added it to efi.

Thank you for showing this species. It is an exceptional member in Lamiaceae being a small tree. Nealy all members of Lamiaceae (older concept) are herbaceous. It is known to occur in Uttarakhand but I have not seen it yet.

Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra:: Wild Plant for ID NSJ-OCT 16/12 : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)
A shrub around 6 feet tall was located near Gala (Height 8000 feet) Aug 29, 2016.

Could it be Leucosceptrum canum (Lamiaceae).
Pl compare with L.canum in eFI.

Leucosceptrum canum Smith

Interesting suggestion. This is a new plant to me and I could not make any meaningful suggestions. Not found in the NW Himalaya (if your suggestion proves to be correct).
As to Leucosceptrum canum, this is new to me as well. The flowering period (Jan) fits with the images taken in Nepal at similar altitude.  ‘Flora of Bhutan’ says shrub or small tree in open jungle and forest margins, mixed broad-leaved forest, sometimes cultivated 600-2300m but flowering period December to February which does not tally with late August in the images taken near Gala.
This species is recorded from Kumaon to Bhutan, Assam to SW China. In Nepal at 1000-2800m.  ‘Flora of Kathmandu valley’ says a small tree to 8m, flowers white or pinkish red on shady slopes in Oak forest to 2300m.
But I am in no position to support or question the proposed identification beyond this.   Cannot see enough detail of the flowers or leaves to comment further on an unfamiliar plant.


SK413 11MAR-2017:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Location: Gurje Bhanjyang, Nepal
Altitude:  5800 ft.
Date: 26 January 2016
Sorry! Only one image !

Leucosceptrum canum  ??

I think matches with your images at Leucosceptrum canum Sm.

ID request 26012018CP1 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Kindly identify this plant growing in Shillong.

Leuosceptrum canum Sm., Lamiaceae

Leucosceptrum canum Sm. : 8 posts by 2 authors. 6 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Godawari
Date:  7 January 2020
Elevation: 1698m.
Habitat: Wild
…: New images for you !


Leucosceptrum canum Sm.: 1 very high res. image.

Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal 
Date: 11 March 2023
Elevation: 1586 m.
Habit : Wild

Yes, as per images at


Leucosceptrum canum Sm.: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Godawari, Lalitpur
Date: 02 March 2024
Altitude: 1600m.
Habitat : Wild

Nepali Names : भुसुरे Bhusure / घुर्मिस Ghurmis


Id of Tree – ID10032024SH3: 2 high res. images.

Tree for Id pl. In Lava and Neora valley this tree is in abundance and most of the birds feed on it’s flowers. Local people call this as ‘Bottle Brush’ Tree but what we commonly call bottle brush is a different tree with Dark Red drooping flowers (Callistemon)
Location – Lava, Kalimpong Dist., West Bengal
Date – February 2024

Leucosceptrum canum Sm.



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