Leucas hirta (Roth) Spreng.

  • Family : LAMIACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Lamiaceae
  • Species : Leucas hirta
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Leucas hirta (B.Heyne ex Roth) Spreng.
  • Vernacular name : Malam thumbai (Tam.)
  • Endemism : South India
  • Key identification features : Small herbs to undershrubs up to 1 m tall. Branches are tetragonous and clothed with deflexed hairs. Corolla white, upper lip slightly shorter than the lower lip. Nutlets about 2-3 mm long, obovate-ablong and smooth.
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Flower, Fruit : February-April
  • Native : India
  • Comments : Often on hills above 900 m, on dry bare slopes up to 1000 m.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Shevaroy Hills, Kalrayan Hills (Salem district), Chitteri Hills (Dharmapuri district), Melagiri Hills (Dharmapuri district), Alagar Hills (Madurai district) (Tamil Nadu State); Tirumala Hills (Chittoor district), Kadapa distrrict (Andhra Pradesh State)
  • World Distribution : India
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Leucas hirta. Downloaded on 11 August 2020.


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