7315.000 Origanum L.

Stace, C.A. (2010) New Flora of the British Isles. 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the genus

Perennial herb, aromatic, stems square in section. Leaves opposite, simple, with entire margins. Inflorescence a mass of dense cymes forming a corymbose panicle with large purple bracteoles. Calyx of 5 sub-equal teeth. Corolla reddish purple, rarely white, with 3-lobed lower lips and shallowly 2-lobed flat upper lip. Fruit a cluster of four 1-seeded nutlets.

Worldwide: Over 50 species native to the Mediterranean, and temperate Asia.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

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majorana L.
vulgare L.

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Origanum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Origanum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Origanum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Origanum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Origanum
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iNaturalist: Origanum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Origanum
JSTOR Plant Science: Origanum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Origanum
Plants of the World Online: Origanum
Tropicos: Origanum
Wikipedia: Origanum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Origanum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1786, retrieved 5 March 2024

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