7319.000 Thymus L.

Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. (1963) Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada D. van Nostrand Co, Inc. Princetown New Jersey.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or small shrubs with square stems, aromatic. Leaves opposite, small. Flowers blue, purple or white, small, in axillary clusters often aggregated into a loose terminal spike-like inflorescence. Calyx 2-lipped, the tube densely villous in the throat, the lips equalling the tube and each other, lower lip bifid to the base, upper lip much wider, 3-lobed to the middle with triangular upturned lobes; corolla 2-lipped, the upper lipped usually flat, straight, broadly rounded, the lower lip spreading, slightly longer, 3-lobes sub-equal.

Worldwide: About 350 species, native to temperate regions of Europe, North Africa and Asia.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

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pulegioides L.
serpyllum L.
vulgaris L.

Other sources of information about Thymus:

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Thymus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1790, retrieved 9 December 2023

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