VII. Subfam. Nepetoideae (Dumort.) Luerss. (1882).

VII. 2. Tribe Mentheae Dumort. (1827).

VII. 2. B. Subtribe Menthinae (Dumort.) Endl. (1838).


Low subshrub, aromatic; leaves elliptic to linear-oblong, flat, entire, gland-dotted especially on abaxial surface, subsessile, palisade layer isolateral; inflorescence of verticillasters, cymes shortly pedunculate, 1-6-flowered, in axils of reduced bracts and forming a lax, terminal, spiciform thyrse; bracts reduced; bracteoles inconspicuous; calyx actinomorphic, 5-lobed, lobes equal, triangular-lanceolate, calyx-tube cylindrical-campanulate, straight, 15-nerved, glabrous in throat; corolla pale pink, 2-lipped, 5-lobed (2/3), posterior lip straight, flat, anterior lip spreading, 3-lobed, equalling or slightly shorter than posterior, corolla-tube exannulate; stamens 4, didynamous, filaments straight, rather short, anterior pair longer and slightly exserted from tube, ascending under posterior lip of corolla, thecae slightly divergent, separate; stigma-lobes equal, subulate; nutlets oblong, apiculate, glabrous.  One species, G. popovii (Fedsch. & Gontsch.) Boriss.  Pamir-Alai: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan (Chitral), India: Kashmir.  Dry limestone slopes.


Native to:

32 Middle Asia
34 Western Asia
40 Indian Subcontinent


Gontscharovia Boriss., Bot. Mater. Gerb. Bot. Inst. Komarova Akad. Nauk SSSR 15: 321-324 (1953).

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