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Thymus caespititius (Leafs)

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: Menthinae
Genus: Thymus
Sectio: T. sect. Micantes
Species: Thymus caespititius

Thymus caespititius Brot., Fl. Lusit. 1: 176 (1804).

Origanum caespititium (Brot.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 528 (1891).
Thymus azoricus G.Lodd., Bot. Cab. 16: t. 1530 (1830), nom. nud.
Thymus micans Sol. ex Lowe, Trans. Cambridge Philos. Soc. 4: 19 (1831).
Thymus caespititius var. macranthus Samp., Bol. Soc. Brot. 18: 178 (1902).
Thymus caespititius var. albicans J.Blanco & F.M.Vázquez, Folia Bot. Extremadur. 1: 44 (2007).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Europe
Regional: Southwestern Europe
Portugal, Spain.
Continental: Africa
Regional: Macaronesia
Azores, Madeira.

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

Brotero, F.A. 1804. Flora Lusitanica, seu Plantarum, quae in Lusitania vel Sponte Crescunt, vel frequentius coluntur, ex florum praesertim sexubus systematice distributarum, synopsis. Vol. 1. 607 pp. Typographia Regia, Lisboa. BHL Reference page.

Additional references

Morales, R. 2010. Thymus. Pp. 349–409 in Castroviejo, S.†, Morales, R., Quintanar, A., Cabezas, F., Pujadas, A. & Cirujano, S. (eds.), Flora Ibérica. Plantas Vasculares de la Península Ibérica e Islas Baleares. Vol. XII. Verbenaceae − Labiatae − Callitrichaceae. liv + 650 pp., Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC, Madrid. ISBN 978-84-00-09041-8. PDF. Reference page.
Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. 2012. Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Volume 4: Dicotyledoneae: Fabaceae – Nymphaeaceae. Conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève, ISBN 978-2-8277-0126-1, 431 pp. PDF Reference page.


Hassler, M. 2019. Thymus caespititius. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 10 May. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Thymus caespititius in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 May 10. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Thymus caespititius. Published online. Accessed: 10 May 2019.

Thymus caespititius is dwarf, aromatic mat-forming groundcover shrub, It is native to oceanic areas in the Iberian Peninsula (northwest Portugal and northwest Spain) and the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira.

The plant has narrow, spatula-shaped, smooth leaves to 6 mm (0.24 in) long, fringed with tiny hairs. The rose, lilac or white flowers are borne in small, flattened mat-hugging heads from late spring to summer.

Thymus caespititius, grown as an ornamental plant, and is hardy down to USDA Zone 7.[1][2] The cultivar Thymus caespititius 'Aureus' has narrow, light gold leaves.[3]

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