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Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), widespread in the Mediterranean region, and Rosmarinus eriocalyx, native to northwest Africa and southern Spain have long been widely recognized. Rosmarinus tomentosus was first recognized as a separate species in 1941. Rosmarinus palaui was first described as a species in 2002, although recognition of this species remains controversial. Recent research has indicated that while R. tomentosus forms a monophyletic group, this group is nested within a paraphyletic R. eriocalyx.
Rosmarinus eriocalyx differs from the well-known herb rosemary in its smaller leaves, only 5–15 mm (0.20–0.59 in) long and less than 2 mm (0.079 in) broad, and densely hairy flower stems. It also tends to be lower-growing, often under 25 cm (9.8 in) tall and prostrate, and never exceeding 1 m (3 ft 3 in) tall (R. officinalis can reach 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in), exceptionally 2 m (6 ft 7 in), tall).
|Image||Scientific name||Common name||Distribution|
|Rosmarinus eriocalyx Jord. & Fourr.||Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Libya|
|Rosmarinus officinalis L.||Rosemary||Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey; naturalized in Bulgaria, Crimea, Madeira islands, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Bermuda, Texas, central Mexico|
|Rosmarinus palaui (O.Bolòs & Molin.) Rivas Mart. & M.J.Costa|
|Rosmarinus tomentosus Hub.-Mor. & Maire||southern Spain|
|Rosmarinus × lavandulaceus de Noé||(R. eriocalyx × R. officinalis)||Spain, Morocco, Algeria|
|Rosmarinus × mendizabalii Sagredo ex Rosua||(R. officinalis × R. tomentosus)||Granada region of Spain|
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- Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families