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This genus is accepted, and its native range is N. Oman, Iran to W. Himalaya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[LKGF]

Harley, R.M. et al. (2004). Labiatae, in The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants (K. Kubitzki, ed. in chief) VI: 167-275. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.

Morphology General Habit
Subshrub, apparently gynodioecious, aromatic, with whitish hairs
Morphology Stem
Stems densely white-pilose
Morphology Leaves
Leaves small, densely gland-dotted, subentire, ± orbicular to elliptic, often with densely white-hairy, rounded buds in axils
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of few-flowered verticillasters congested to form short, spiciform thyrses, usually shortly pedunculate, reduced toward stem apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts leaf-like
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracteoles
Bracteoles inconspicuous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers very small, subsessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ovoid-cylindrical, actinomorphic, equally 5-lobed, lobes short, broadly triangular, hairy within, tube 5-nerved, intercostal nerves ± obsolete, 5-angled, glands on calyx and bracteoles turning reddish orange
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla weakly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (2/3), white, lips spreading, lobes subequal, corolla-tube scarcely exserted from calyx, exannulate but hairy within
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens in hermaphrodite flowers slightly exserted from corolla-tube, thecae slightly divergent, distinct
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc ± equal, with anterior side slightly swollen
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma-lobes short, flattened, subequal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Nutlets ovoid, smooth, often only 1 developing.
Note
One species, Z. multiflora Boiss.
Ecology
Open, rocky areas, often near seasonal streams
Distribution
Southern Iran, Eastern Afghanistan, Pakistan.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, West Himalaya

Zataria Boiss. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Diagn. Pl. Orient. 5: 18 (1844)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Lamiaceae Key Genus Fact Sheets

  • Harley RM, Atkins S, Budantsev AL, Cantino PD, Conn BJ, Grayer R, Harley MM, de Kok RPJ, Krestovskaja T, Morales R, Paton AJ, Ryding O, and Upson T. 2004. Labiatae, in The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants (K. Kubitzki, ed. in chief) VI: 167-275. Sp
  • Zataria Boiss., Diagn. Pl. Or. Nov. ser. 1, 5: 18 (1884).

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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Lamiaceae Key Genus Fact Sheets
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