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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. India, Sri Lanka.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[KBu]

Suddee, S. & Paton, A. 2009. A revision of Anisochilus Wall. ex Benth. (Lamiaceae). Kew Bulletin 64: 235. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12225-009-9115-5

Conservation
The species is known from less than 5 localities and is described as “rare” in Cramer (1981). The species can be considered vulnerable under VU D2 and a more threatened assessment may be possible, but further data gathering is necessary to establish the extent of habitat reduction.
Distribution
South India, Sri Lanka.
Ecology
On exposed rocks; alt. 400 – 1200 m. Flowering & fruiting August – February.
Morphology General Habit
Erect annual or short-lived perennial herbs, sometimes with shrubby habit, up to 2.8 m tall
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate, opposite decussate, orbicular, ovate, or elliptic-obovate, 30 – 70 × 15 – 60 mm, apex rounded, base rounded or shortly cuneate, margin coarsely crenate, fleshy, scabrous or pubescent above, densely brownish to hoary tomentose beneath, sessile glands sometimes present on both sides, lateral veins 5 – 6, usually with 2 – 3 basal veins on each side of midrib; petiole short, up to 10 mm long, pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ovoid, c. 2 mm long at anthesis, pubescent; fruiting calyx small, c. 3 mm long; posterior lip 1-lobed, ovate, ciliate, deflexed and concealing throat, glabrescent to pubescent with or without red sessile glands; anterior lip truncate or obscurely toothed; tube ventrally saccate around the middle, constricted at throat, pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white or light purple, 3 – 6 mm long, glabrescent to pubescent with or without sessile glands
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets brown, ovoid or ellipsoid, c 0.8 × 0.6 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence terminal, branched; spike-like head numerous, small, ovoid in bud and in fruit, up to 20 mm long and 8 mm wide; bracts minute, ovate, pubescent
Morphology Stem
Stems round-quadrangular, base stout, glabrescent to pubescent, with or without sessile glands, old stem glabrous
Note
Close to Anisochilus scaber in leaf characters but differs in having smaller numerous spike-like heads, the shrubby and sometimes clump habit. The type is an immature flowering specimen. The only fruiting specimens studied (Cramer 3829, 2 shts.) are very immature. More specimens involve A. paniculatus and A. scaber are needed for more study.
Type
Sri Lanka, unknown locality, Walker 52 (holotype K!).

Native to:

India, Sri Lanka

Coleus divaricatus A.J.Paton appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Walker, A. W. [57], Sri Lanka Anisochilus paniculatus K000674751 holotype

First published in PhytoKeys 129: 41 (2019)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Suddee, S. & Paton, A. (2009). A revision of Anisochilus Wall. ex Benth. (Lamiaceae) Kew Bulletin 64: 235-257.

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Bulletin
Kew Bulletin
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0