Taxon: Origanum vulgare L.

Genus: Origanum
Family: Lamiaceae (alt.Labiatae)
  Subfamily: Nepetoideae
      Tribe: Mentheae
Nomen number: 25913
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:590. 1753
Name Verified on: 11-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Aug-1994
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 20 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores

  • Native:

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    • Northern Africa: Algeria; Morocco; Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Dagestan; Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia - Ciscaucasia
    • China: China - Anhui, - Fujian, - Gansu, - Guangdong, - Guizhou, - Henan, - Hubei, - Hunan, - Jiangsu, - Jiangxi, - Shaanxi, - Sichuan, - Xinjiang, - Yunnan, - Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
    • Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan
    • Siberia: Russian Federation-Eastern Siberia - Eastern Siberia; Russian Federation-Western Siberia - Western Siberia
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan; Cyprus; Iran; Iraq; Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India - Himachal Pradesh, - Jammu and Kashmir, - Sikkim, - Uttar Pradesh; Nepal; Pakistan
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Estonia; Russian Federation-European part - European part; Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czechoslovakia; Germany; Netherlands; Poland; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Former Yugoslavia; Greece; Italy; Romania
    • Southwestern Europe: France; Portugal; Spain

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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Check other web resources for Origanum vulgare L. :


  • Flower: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image