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).


Perennial herb, densely lanate with simple hairs, with thick roots or rhizome; lower leaves scale-like, upper rhombic to orbicular; inflorescence rather densely? thyrsoid, cymes c. 3-flowered; bracts large leaf-like, ± hiding cymes; bracteoles spiny; flowers large (21-28 mm long); calyx broadly campanulate, 5-lobed, lobes equal or subequal, ± spiny; corolla strongly 2-lipped, 4-lobed (1/3), purple or red, tube exannulate, posterior lip long and broad, hooded; stamens not exserted from corolla, filaments of posterior pair thickened at base, anthers hairy, thecae confluent to weakly distinct; stigma-lobes subequal; nutlets subtruncate at apex, smooth.  One sp., E. wallichii Benth., alpine stony alluvial areas, Tibet, Nepal, N India and S China (Yunnan).


Native to:

36 China
40 Indian Subcontinent


Eriophyton Benth., Edward's Bot. Reg. 15: t. 1289 (1829).

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