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Ziziphora capitata

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Ziziphora capitata is an annual herb in the Lamiaceae family. It grows from the Mediterranean basin to Iran including the Sinai, Palestine / Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Balkans, southern Russia, Caucasus, and northern Iraq.<ref name="FOL"/><ref name="LD"/>


Ziziphora capitata grows from 3 to 12 cm high with simple or branched stems. The aromatic leaves are covered with fine hairs. The lower leaves are from 1 to 2.5 cm long and 0.5 to 0.8 cm wide, linear-lanceolate to elliptic blades and the upper floral leaves are rhombic-ovate. The flowers are tubular, with violet, purple or pink corolla. Flowers are arranged in a globose terminal head, subtended by rhombic-ovate bracts.<ref name="KEW"/><ref name="LD">Template:Cite web</ref>

Subspecies and varieties

  • Ziziphora capitata var. capitata
  • Ziziphora capitata var. alba
  • Ziziphora capitata subsp. orientalis<ref name="FOL"/>



Further reading

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, Template:ISBN. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, Template:ISBN.