Genus:
Origanum L.

Origanum majorana L.

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Turkey, Cyprus. It is used as a medicine and for food.

[UPB]

The Useful Plants of Boyacá project

Ecology
Alt. 0 - 2500 m.
Distribution
Cultivated in Colombia.
Morphology General Habit
Herb or subshrub.

[FTEA]

Lamiaceae (Labiatae), A.J. Paton, G. Bramley, O. Ryding, R.M. Polhill, Y.B. Harvey, M. Iwarsson, F. Willis, P.B. Phillipson, K. Balkwill, C.W. Lukhoba, D.F. Otieno, & R.M. Harley. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

Note
A native of the eastern Mediterranean and widely cultivated as a culinary herb
Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb or subshrub to 0.8 m tall
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate, ovate to round, 3–35 × 2–30 mm, entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of dense cylindrical spikes (condensed thyrses) and these arranged in a panicle
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 2–3.5 mm long, 1-lipped, tube almost non-existent, with posterior lip rounded, entire and bract-like
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, tubular, 3–7 mm long, 2-lipped
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4, ascending under posterior lip, slightly exserted.

[UPFC]
Distribution
Biogeografic region: Andean, Pacific. Elevation range: 0–2500 m a.s.l. Cultivated in Colombia. Colombian departments: Antioquia, Bogotá DC, Boyacá, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Huila, Magdalena, Santander, Tolima, Valle del Cauca.
Habit
Herb, Subshrub.
Ecology
Habitat according IUCN Habitats Classification: forest and woodland, savanna, shrubland, native grassland, artificial - terrestrial.

[UNAL]

Bernal, R., G. Galeano, A. Rodríguez, H. Sarmiento y M. Gutiérrez. 2017. Nombres Comunes de las Plantas de Colombia. http://www.biovirtual.unal.edu.co/nombrescomunes/

Vernacular
mejorana, mejorana blanca, mejorana silvestre, orégano, orégano de España, orégano griego

[CPLC]

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. http://catalogoplantasdecolombia.unal.edu.co

Distribution
Cultivada en Colombia; Alt. 0 - 2500 m.; Andes, Pacífico, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Valle del Cauca, Valle del Magdalena.
Morphology General Habit
Hierba, subarbusto

[UPB]
Use Medicines Unspecified Medicinal Disorders
Medicinal (State of the World's Plants 2016, Instituto Humboldt 2014).
Use Medicines Digestive System Disorders
Leaves and flowers - Used in liquid medicines to alleviate stomachache (Lagos-López 2007).
Use Medicines Injuries
Leaves and flowers - Used in liquid medicines (Lagos-López 2007).
Use Medicines Muscular-Skeletal System Disorders
Leaves and flowers - Used in liquid medicines (Lagos-López 2007).

[UPFC]
Use Food
Used for food.
Use Materials
Used as material.
Use Medicines
Medical uses.

Native to:

Cyprus, Turkey

Introduced into:

Algeria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Corse, Czechoslovakia, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Juan Fernández Is., Krym, Libya, Madeira, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yugoslavia

Spanish
Mejorana.

Origanum majorana L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Spain 52061.000 No
Cambessedes, J. [s.n.], Baleares K001070101 Yes
Jan 1, 1980 Davis, P.H. [3388], Cyprus Origanum dubium K000735648 Yes
Jan 1, 1980 Kennedy, E.W. [741], Cyprus Origanum dubium K000735649 Yes
Jan 1, 1980 unknown [s.n.], Cyprus Origanum dubium K000735690 Yes
Balansa, B. [s.n.], Turkey Origanum dubium K001070116 Yes
Dello, A. [2542], Cyprus Origanum dubium K000735691 Yes

First published in Sp. Pl.: 590 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Castroviejo, S. & al. (eds.) (2010). Flora Iberica 12: 1-650. Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC, Madrid.
  • Danihelka, J. Chrtek, J. & Kaplan, Z. (2012). Checklist of vascular plants of the Czech Republic Preslia. Casopsi Ceské Botanické Spolecnosti 84: 647-811.
  • Danton, P. & Perrier, C. (2004). Liste de la Flore vasculaire de l'île Robinson Crusoe archipel Juan Fernández, Chili Journal de Botanique Société de Botanique de France 24: 67-78.
  • Dimopoulos, P., Raus, T., Bergmeier, E., Constantinidis, T., Iatrou, G., Kokkini, S., Strid, A., & Tzanoudakis, D. (2013). Vascular plants of Greece. An annotated checklist: 1-372. Botanic gardens and botanical museum Berlin-Dahlem, Berlin and Hellenic botanical society, Athens.
  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela.

Literature

Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia

  • Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. http://catalogoplantasdecolombia.unal.edu.co

Useful Plants of Boyacá Project

  • Cuervo, S. (1999). Origen de las tecnologías agrícolas en el altiplano boyacense. Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas. Tunja. Colombia
  • Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humbodlt (2014). Plantas alimenticias y medicinales nativas de Colombia. 2567 registros, aportados por: Castellanos, C. (Contacto del recurso), Valderrama, N. (Creador del recurso, Autor), Castro, C. (Proveedor de metadatos), Bernal, Y. (Autor), García, N. (Autor). Versión 11.0. http://i2d.humboldt.org.co/ceiba/resource.do?r=ls_colombia_magnoliophyta_2014
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Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Danihelka, J. Chrtek, J. & Kaplan, Z. (2012). Checklist of vascular plants of the Czech Republic Preslia. Casopsi Ceské Botanické Spolecnosti 84: 647-811.
  • Danton, P. & Perrier, C. (2004). Liste de la Flore vasculaire de l'île Robinson Crusoe archipel Juan Fernández, Chili Journal de Botanique Société de Botanique de France 24: 67-78.
  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

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  • K.H.S., Gard. E. Afr.: 170 (1995)

Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia

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