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Subfamily

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

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

VII. 2. A. Subtribe Salviinae (Dumort.) Endl. (1838).

Description

Shrub, strongly aromatic, white-canescent with glandular and eglandular simple and dendroid hairs; leaves small, simple, margin undulate; flowers shortly pedicellate, borne singly in axils of leaf-like bracts; bracts leaf-like; bracteoles 2, inconspicuous; calyx 2-lipped, 5-lobed (3/2), lips subequal, posterior with lobes shorter, subequal, tube cylindrical at first, strongly accrescent, broadly campanulate in fruit, membranous, lobes spreading; corolla large, indistinctly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (2/3), blue-violet, throat and tube white; lips spreading, anterior lip with lobes rounded, tube cylindrical, included in calyx-tube, annulate within; stamens with anterior pair fertile, exserted, posterior pair staminodal, shortly exserted, thecae 2, elongate, curved, slightly unequal, connective inconspicuous; style exserted; stigma-lobes flattened; disc not seen; nutlets obovoid, weakly subtrigonous, smooth, mucilaginous when wet.  2n =40, 42.  One species, Z. majdae Rech. f. & Wendelbo.  Open mountain slopes, S Iran (Saharo-Sindian region).

Distribution

Native to:

34 Western Asia

Publication

Zhumeria Rech. f. & Wendelbo, Nytt. Mag. Bot. 14: 39-43 (1967); Bokhari & Hedge, Iranian J. Bot. 1: 1-10 (1976), rev.

Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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