Family and Genus:- See- LABIATAE/Sect. TEUCRIUM

Common Names:- None

Homotypic Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Teucrium (Gr) A name used by the Greek physician and botanist
Dioscorides, perhaps for the hero and first King of Troy, Teucer.
                  Brevifolium (L) Short-leaved.                          
General description:- Dense, much-branched shrublet.

1) 30-60 cm tall.
2) Twigs, 4-angled, puberulent, green or brown.

1) 6-10(-15) mm, narrowly oblong, thick, entire, with revolute margins, densely grey-
    puberulent on both sides.

1) Verticillasters, 2-flowered.
2) Bracts, leaf-like.
3) Calyx, c. 5 mm, campanulate to obtriangular, grey-puberulent;
    a) teeth, triangular, 2/3 as long as the tube, subobtuse.
4) Corolla. 10-16 mm, pale lilac;
    a) lower lip, middle lobe, broadly oblanceolate, lateral lobe oblong and much 
5) Stamens, long-exserted.

1) Nutlets, smooth or reticulate.

Key features:-
1) Leaves, persistently grey-tomentose above; oblong to linear.
2) Twigs, green or brown.

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Habitat:- Constituent of open dry shrubby vegetation on hot and dry, often S-facing
rocky limestone slopes. 0-500 m.

Distribution:- S Aegean Is. and Crete, more especially in eastern Crete.

Flowering time:- Mar to mid-May.

Photos by:- Fotis Samaritakis