Origanum cordifolium

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Origanum cordifolium
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Origanum
O. cordifolium
Binomial name
Origanum cordifolium
(Montbret & Aucher ex Benth.) Vogel

Origanum cordifolium is a subshrub with suberect, cylindrical, hairless, often purplish shoots, 40–60 cm high. Leaves opposite, simple, entire or irregularly dentate, stalkless, ovoid to cordate, 1–2 x 0.8–2 cm, leathery, hairless, acute. Flowers on pendulous spikes, zygomorphic, corolla bifid, whitish or pinkish, 1–4, subtended by purplish-green, large bracts. Flowers June–August. Fruit of 4 nutlets.[1]


Moist, shady rocky slopes, by streams and roadbanks on igneous rocks at 300–900 m.


Endemic to Cyprus found In a limited area of the Paphos Forest in Roudhia valley (Alonoudhi, Steni etc.)


  1. ^ The Endemic Plants of Cyprus, Texts: Takis Ch. Tsintides, Photographs: Laizos Kourtellarides, Cyprus Association of Professional Foresters, Bank of Cyprus Group, Nicosia 1998, ISBN 9963-42-067-2

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