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Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum

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Family: LamiaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: MINT FAMILY
Habit: Annual to shrub [tree, vine], glabrous to hairy, generally aromatic. Stem: generally erect, generally 4-angled. Leaf: generally simple to deeply lobed, generally opposite, generally gland-dotted. Inflorescence: generally cymes, generally many in dense axillary clusters surrounding stem, generally separated by evident internodes or collectively crowded, spike- or panicle-like, occasionally head-like or raceme, subtended by leaves or bracts; flowers sessile or pedicelled. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx generally 5-lobed, radial to bilateral; corolla generally bilateral, 1--2-lipped, upper lip entire or 2-lobed, +- flat to hood-like, occasionally 0, lower lip generally 3-lobed; stamens generally 4, epipetalous, generally exserted, paired, pairs generally unequal, occasionally 2, staminodes 2 or 0; ovary superior, generally 4-lobed to base chambers 2, ovules 2 per chamber, style 1, generally arising from center at junction of lobes, stigmas generally 2. Fruit: generally 4 nutlets, generally ovoid to oblong, smooth.
Genera In Family: +- 230 genera, 7200 species: worldwide. Many cultivated for herbs, oils (Lavandula, lavender; Mentha, mint; Rosmarinus, rosemary; Thymus, thyme), some cultivated as ornamental (in California Cedronella, Leonotis, Monarda, Phlomis). Note: Moluccella laevis L., shell flower, historical waif in California. Satureja calamintha (L.) Scheele subsp. ascendens (Jordan) Briq. reported as alien but not naturalized. Salazaria moved to Scutellaria; California Hyptis moved to Condea, California Satureja moved to Clinopodium.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dieter H. Wilken & Margriet Wetherwax, family description, key to genera, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: OriganumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Plant from rhizomes. Stem: 1--6 dm; short-hairy. Leaf: petiole 1--3 mm; blade 0.5--1.2 cm, entire, glabrous to puberulent, minutely gland-dotted; margin ciliate. Inflorescence: generally peduncled, collectively panicle-like; bracts 4--6 mm, pale green. Flower: calyx 2.5--3.5 mm, sparsely puberulent, gland-dotted; corolla 2-lipped for +- 1/3, 5--6 mm, white; stamens poorly developed or to 2.5 mm.
Note: Hybrid between Origanum vulgare, Origanum majorana L.; plants sterile or fertile, cultivated, spreading from rhizomes or seeds.

Origanum vulgare L. subsp. hirtum (Link) Ietsw.
Habit: Plant from rhizomes. Stem: 3--10 dm; short-hairy. Leaf: petiole 3--12 mm; blade 0.2--1.5(3.3) cm, entire to +- serrate, puberulent, minutely gland-dotted, margin ciliate. Inflorescence: generally peduncled, collectively panicle-like; bracts 1.5--3(5) mm, pale green or cream. Flower: calyx 2--2.5(3.5) mm, sparsely puberulent, gland-dotted, short-bristly within; corolla 3--6(7.5) mm, white; stamens poorly developed or 4--5 mm.
Ecology: Disturbed areas; Elevation: < 1300 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, CCo, SnFrB, SCo, MP; Distribution Outside California: native to eastern Mediterranean. Flowering Time: +- summer
Unabridged Note: Treated as Origanum vulgare L., without subsp. indicated, in TJM (1993).
eFlora Treatment Author: Dieter H. Wilken & Margriet Wetherwax, family description, key to genera
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Citation for this treatment: Dieter H. Wilken & Margriet Wetherwax, family description, key to genera Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 22, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 22, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum:
NCo, CCo, SnFrB, SCo, MP;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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