Origanum onites

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Origanum onites
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Origanum
Species: O. onites
Binomial name
Origanum onites

Origanum onites, the Cretan oregano, Turkish oregano, pot marjoram or rίgani in Greek (Ελληνική ρίγανη), is a plant species in the genus Origanum found in Sicily, Greece and Turkey.[1] It has similar flavors as oregano. Its essential oil can be distinguished from other species such as Greek oregano (Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum).[2] It has antimicrobial activities.[3]


The plant contains thymol, carvacrol and cedrol.


  1. ^ Vokou, D.; Kokkini, S.; Bessière, J-M. (1988). "Origanum onites (Lamiaceae) in Greece: Distribution, Volatile Oil Yield, and Composition". Economic Botany 42 (3): 407–412. doi:10.1007/BF02860163. JSTOR 4255090. 
  2. ^ Kokkini, Stella; Karousou, Regina; Hanlidou, Effie; Lanaras, Tom (2004). "Essential Oil Composition of Greek (Origanum vulgaressp.hirtum) and Turkish (O. Onites) Oregano: A Tool for Their Distinction". Journal of Essential Oil Research 16 (4): 334. doi:10.1080/10412905.2004.9698735. 
  3. ^ Sarac, N; Ugur, A (2008). "Antimicrobial activities of the essential oils of Origanum onites L., Origanum vulgare L. Subspecies hirtum (Link) Ietswaart, Satureja thymbra L., and Thymus cilicicus Boiss. & Bal. Growing wild in Turkey". Journal of medicinal food 11 (3): 568–73. doi:10.1089/jmf.2007.0520. PMID 18800908. 

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