Lippia

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Lippia
Lippia alba.jpg
Lippia alba
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Verbenaceae
Genus: Lippia
L.
Type species
Lippia americana
L.[1]
Species

See text

Synonyms

Zapania Lam.[2]

Lippia is a genus of flowering plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. It was named after Augustus Lippi, a French traveler. The genus contains roughly 200 species of tropical shrubs that are found around the world. Plants are fragrant due to their essential oils, which vary between species but may include estragole, carvacrol, linalool, or limonene. The leaves of certain species, such as L. graveolens, can be used as a culinary herb similar to oregano.[3]

Selected species[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lippia L.". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Genus: Lippia L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 1996-09-17. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d Tucker, Arthur O.; Thomas DeBaggio (2009). The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance (2 ed.). Timber Press. pp. 297–300. ISBN 978-0-88192-994-2. 
  4. ^ a b "GRIN Species records of Lippia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Lippia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 21 January 2010.