VI. Subfam. Lamioideae Harley (2003)

Subfam. Stachyoideae (Dumort.) Luerss. (1882); Briq. in Engl. & Prantl (1895) et auct. mult., p.p., typ. incl.

Subfam. Prasioideae (Benth.) Thomé (1889)

Subfam. Pogostemonoideae P.D. Cantino, Harley & Wagstaff in Harley & Reynolds (1992).


Annual herb, subglabrous or very sparsely pubescent with simple hairs; leaves petiolate, spinescent-aristate; inflorescence thyrsoid, with up to 3-flowered cymes; calyx weakly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (3/2), lobes spinose; corolla 2-lipped, 5-lobed (1-2/3), purple, posterior lip long, flat or shallowly hooded, anterior lip deflexed, tube very long, straight, floccose-villous within at throat; stamens not exserted, filaments pubescent, thecae weakly distinct; stigma-lobes subequal; nutlets oblong, rounded at apex, smooth, narrowly membranous-winged.  One sp., C. ilicifolius Schrenk. Sandy areas, Iran to Kazakhstan and W China (Xinjiang).


Native to:

32 Middle Asia
34 Western Asia


Chamaesphacos Schrenk ex Fisch. & C.A. Mey., Enum. Pl. Schrenk. 1:27 (1841).

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