Taxon: Origanum majorana L.

Genus: Origanum
Family: Lamiaceae (alt.Labiatae)
  Subfamily: Nepetoideae
      Tribe: Mentheae
Nomen number: 25912
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:590. 1753
Name Verified on: 11-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Jun-2008
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • pot marjoram  (Source: BSBI) - English
  • sweet marjoram  (Source: World Econ Pl) - English
  • marjolein  (Source: Ency Herbs) - Dutch
  • marjolaine  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Majoran  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • maggiorana  (Source: Ency Herbs) - Italian
  • manjerona  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Portuguese
  • mejorana  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • mejram  (Source: Ency Herbs) - Swedish
  • marzanjush  (Source: Ency Herbs) - Transliterated Arabic
  • mayoran sadovyj  (Source: Mansf Ency) - Transliterated Russian

Economic Importance:

  • Food additives: flavoring (fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Materials: essential oils (fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Western Asia: Cyprus; Turkey

  • Naturalized:

    . sometimes natzd., especially in Mediterranean region


    . widely cult.


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