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40. Micromeria Benth. in Edward’s Bot. Reg. 15. post t. 1282. 1829. Benth. in DC., Prodr. 12: 212. 1848; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4: 650. 1885; Mukerjee in Rec. Bot. Surv. Ind. 14, 1: 96. 1940; Hedge & Lamond in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 28: 96. 1968; Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 150: 505. 1982.

I.C. Hedge

  • Satureja sect. Sabbatia Briq.

    Suffruticose aromatic perennials (in ours). Stems numerous from a woody rootstock, with short eglandular simple hairs, slender, leafy. Leaves small, sessile, ovate, entire, gland-dotted beneath, marginal vein thickened. Inflorescence of shortly pedunculate cymes in upper leaf arils forming elongated spikes. Calyx not or scarcely bilabiate, 13 (-15)-ribbed; teeth 5, rather unequal; tube straight, with a bearded throat. Corolla white to purplish, bilabiate, small; upper lip straight, emarginate, glabrous or pilose; lower lip 3-lobed with a larger median emarginate lobe; tube narrow, widening above, not annulate within. Stamens 4, included under corolla upper lip, didynamous; thecae bilocular, spreading, glabrous. Stylar branches 2, unequal. Nutlets oblong, scarcely trigonous, apically rounded, mucilaginous on wetting (in ours).

    Generic Limits in the Satureja - Micromeria - Clinopodium – Acinos Miller [not in our area] - Calamintha group of genera have always been an especially difficult problem in the family. It is a global problem not a regional one. Briquet (l.c. p.298) placed all these genera within an all-embracing Satureja; Greuter et al. (Med. Checklist 3: 323. 1986) has recently done like-wise for the Mediterranean taxa. Many other authors have regarded them as independent closely related genera; a course that, without conviction, is followed here. In this narrow sense Micromeria has about 70 species mostly in Europe and W Asia with others in the Sino-Himalayas and SE Asia.

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