Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Nepeta longibracteata Benth.
Common name : Long-Bract Catmint
Vernacular name : Prianku (Ladakhi)
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Cold Desert. On rocky slopes
Comments / notes : An aromatic oil of strong fragrance can be extracted from this species. Used by the local Amchis.
Key identification features : A dwarf spreading, prostrate, silky-hairy, aromatic annual herb. Stem simple, diffuse, woolly branched from the base, Leaves petioled, fan-shaped, rounded-toothed. Flowers violet-blue. capitate spikes with cymes sessile, bracts silky, corolla blue, funnel-shaped. Nutlets strongly aromatic.
Flower, Fruit : July-August
Ladakh : Leh district
Native : Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tadzhikistan, Tibet, West Himalaya, Xinjiang
Exotic/Native : Native
Literature : Chaurasia O P, Khatoon N and Singh S B (2006), Field Guide-Plant Biodiversity of Ladakh. WWF-India, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) and Department of Wildlife Protection, Goverment of Jammu and Kashmir