Melissa axillaris (Benth.) Bakh.f.

 
  • Family : LAMIACEAE
    (Mint Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : TULSI FAMILY (तुलसी फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : Lamiaceae
  • Basionym : Geniosporum axillare Benth.
  • Synonym(s) : Calamintha cavaleriei H.Lév. & Vaniot; Melissa hirsuta Blume
  • Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Melissa axillaris (Benth.) Bakh.f.
  • Common name : Small-Flowered Melissa
  • Vernacular name :
    • Lomai (Nepali)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Forests and open places near forests
  • Comments / notes : Used as an essence in hair oil
  • Key identification features : Erect herb, stem grooved,flowers in axillary whorls and white or pale-pink
  • Flower, Fruit : June-December
  • Distribution :
    • Sikkim : Sikkim
    • Himachal Pradesh : Chamba district
  • Native : Nepal to S. China and W. Malesia
  • Exotic/Native : Native
  • World Distribution : Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Jawa, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam
  • Literature :
    • Chowdhery, H. J. & Wadhwa, B. H (1984). Flora of Himachal Pradesh Vol. 2. Published BSI: 571
    • Balakrishnan, N. P. (1983). Flora of Jowai Vol.2. Published BSI: 382
  • Read more :
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Deepak Kumar (2024). India Flora Online. http://indiafloraonline-ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Melissa axillaris. Downloaded on 24 June 2024.

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