Ajuga orientalis

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Ajuga orientalis
Ajuga orientalis - Dağmayasılı - Oriental Bugle 02.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Ajuga
A. orientalis
Binomial name
Ajuga orientalis
  • Bugula obliqua Moench
  • Bugula orientalis Mill.
  • Bulga orientalis Kuntze

Ajuga orientalis, also known as Oriental bugle and Eastern bugle,[2] is a herbaceous flowering plant native to the Eastern Mediterranean.[3] It is found in the sandy, dry brushwood and lightly forested regions of the coast.[3] It is usually evergreen, although it may be briefly deciduous in cold winters.[2]


This plant will grow to be 0.45 m (1 ft 6 in) wide and tall after 2-5 years of growing.[2] The 6–30 cm (2.4–11.8 in) long flower stems are produced in spring and summer. They contain 4 to 12 flowers which are tube shaped,10–12 mm (0.39–0.47 in) long and cream/violet coloured. The calyx is 6–9 mm (0.24–0.35 in) long, with the top lip being cream coloured whilst the bottom being violet. The stamens are found inside. The grey-green leaves are oblong-elliptic, crenate-denate and usually 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) long.[4]


This species, alongside most other Ajuga, claim to have medicinal effects,[5][6][7] being used in traditional Turkish medicine.[8]


  1. ^ "Ajuga orientalis L." 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Ajuga orientalis (Oriental bugle)". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Flora of Israel Online". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Ajuga orientalis Linnaeus, 1753". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Bugle, Common". botanical.com. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Medicinal Weed: Ajuga, aka Bugleweed". newlifeonahomestead.com. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  7. ^ Howard, Michael (1987). Traditional Folk Remedies Century. p.95
  8. ^ Zengin, Gokhan; Ceylan, Ramazan; Katanić, Jelena; Aktumsek, Abdurrahman; Matić, Sanja; Boroja, Tatjana; Stanić, Snežana; Mihailović, Vladimir; Seebaluck-Sandoram, Roumita; Mollica, Adriano; Mahomoodally, Mohamad Fawzi (2018). "Exploring the therapeutic potential and phenolic composition of two Turkish ethnomedicinal plants – Ajuga orientalis L. And Arnebia densiflora (Nordm.) Ledeb". Industrial Crops and Products. 116: 240–248. doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2018.02.054.

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