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Salvia dominica

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Nepetoideae
Tribus: Mentheae
Subtribus: Salviinae
Genus: Salvia
Subgenus: S. subg. Sclarea
Sectio: S. sect. Aethiopis
Species: Salvia dominica

Salvia dominica L., Sp. Pl.: 25 (1753).

Salvia dominica Sw. = Salvia serotina L., Mant. Pl. 1: 25 (1767).


Salvia graveolens Vahl, Enum. Pl. Obs. 1: 273 (1804).
Salvia commutata Benth., Labiat. Gen. Spec.: 222 (1833).
Salvia syriaca Gouan ex Benth. in Candolle, Prodr. 12: 279 (1848).

Native distribution areas:

Western Asia
Cyprus, Lebanon-Syria, Palestine.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus I: 25. Reference page. ,

Additional references

Govaerts, R.H.A. 2003. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [unavailable for the public] Reference page.
Hand, R. 2015. Supplementary notes to the flora of Cyprus VIII. Willdenowia 45(2): 245–259. DOI: 10.3372/wi.45.45210 Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Salvia dominica in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 January 5. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Salvia dominica. Published online. Accessed: 5 January 2021.

Vernacular names
English: Dominican Sage

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[1] Israel,[2] 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.[3]
Biological properties

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-terminus of tubulin, and inhibit TTL activity in cancer cells.[4]
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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. doi:10.1021/jm801637f. PMID 19459643.

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