Thymus integer

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Thymus integer
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Thymus
T. integer
Binomial name
Thymus integer

Thymus integer is a strongly aromatic, sprawling, gnarled subshrub generally less than 10 cm high. It produces white to dark rosy purple flowers between March and June. [1]



This plant is often found on dry, rocky, igneous hillsides at altitudes of 100–1700 meters.


A Cyprus endemic, it is common in the Troödos Mountains and the Akamas area.

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  1. Cyprus Flora in Colour the Endemics, V. Pantelas, T. Papachristophorou, P. Christodoulou, July 1993, ISBN   9963-7931-0-X