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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.
Perennial herb [subshrub] glabrous to short-hairy. Stem: decumbent to erect, generally branched. Leaf: petioled to sessile; blade generally ovate, entire to toothed. Inflorescence: axillary, sessile or peduncled, collectively spike- or panicle-like; wide bract subtending flower, bracts generally overlapping. Flower: calyx radial, 5-lobed; corolla 2-lipped, upper lip ± entire, lower 3-lobed; stamens 4, enclosed by upper lip or exserted; style lobes ± unequal.
45 species: Mediterranean, western Asia. (Greek: ancient common name, mountain delight) [Tucker & Rollins 1989 Baileya 23:14–27] Cult for tea, cooking herbs, essential oils (Origanum dictamnus L., dittany; Origanum majorana L., sweet marjoram).
1. Calyx funnel-shaped, 2-lipped, 3 upper lobes fused to form a single upper lip, lower lobes well developed ..... O. ×majoricum
1' Calyx tube-shaped, 5-lobed, lobes equal ..... O. vulgare subsp. hirtum
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html [accessed on month, day, year]
Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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