Salvia graveolens Vahl
Salvia dominica (Dominica sage, in Arabic ( Maru = مرو or "Khowwekha" = خويخة ), in (Hebrew: מרווה, marva) is a strong-scented perennial shrub found throughout the eastern Mediterranean, especially Jordan Israel,Lebanon and Syria. The branched inflorescence is one of several salvias thought to have inspired the design of the menorah. It grows to about 1 meter in height and width, and blooms in spring or early summer with pale yellow and white flowers in delicate whorls.
A group of Italian and Jordanian researchers isolated twenty-four new sesterterpenes, some of them with interesting biological activity due to their interaction with tubulin-tyrosine ligase (TTL), an enzyme involved in the tyrosination cycle of the C-terminal of tubulin, and inhibit TTL activity in cancer cells.
- Field Guide of Wild Flower of Jordan and Neighbouring Countries by Dawud Al-Eisawi
- Flowers in Israel
- Clebsch, Betsy; Barner, Carol D. (2003). The New Book of Salvias. Timber Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-88192-560-9.
- Dal Piaz F; Vassallo A; Lepore L; Tosco A; Bader A; De Tommasi N (June 2009). "Sesterterpenes as tubulin tyrosine ligase inhibitors. First insight of structure-activity relationships and discovery of new lead". J. Med. Chem. 52 (12): 3814–28. PMID 19459643. doi:10.1021/jm801637f.