Thymus capitatus

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Thymus capitatus
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Thymus
T. capitatus
Binomial name
Thymus capitatus
(L.) Hoffmanns. & Link
  • Coridothymus capitatus(L.) Rchb.f. Solms
  • Satureja capitata(L.) Cav.
  • Thymbra capitata(L.) Cav.

Thymus capitatus is a compact, woody perennial native to Mediterranean Europe and Turkey, more commonly known as conehead thyme, Persian-hyssop and Spanish oregano. It is also known under the name Thymbra capitata.



The plant has rising stems and narrow, fleshy, oil-gland-dotted green leaves that reach a length of 12 mm (0.47 in).

The pink, 10 mm (0.39 in)-long flowers are held in cone-shaped clusters at the ends of their stems in mid to late summer; they are protected by overlapping, 6 mm (0.24 in)-long, red-tinged bracts, edged in tiny hairs.

In Eurasia, a species of leafless parasitic dodder ( Cuscuta epithymum ) would often attach itself to the conehead thyme (Thymus capitatus), taking on the plant's pungency and from whence it also derived its host's Arabic name, al-ṣaʿitrah. [1]

Thymus capitatus is hardy from USDA Zones 7-10. [2] In Israel, the plant Thymus capitatus has protected status, making it a criminal offence to harvest it. [3]

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