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Micromeria microphylla   (Maltese savory)

Micromeria microphylla  (LAMIACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2006 (taxon update: 14-Aug-2017)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2021) Micromeria microphylla profile created on Oct-2006. Retrieved from on 29-Nov-2021

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Micromeria microphylla(D'urv) Benth.
Published in (D'Urv.) Bentham, op. cit. 377 (1834)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Satureja microphylla
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Lamiaceae Lindl. (=Labiatae) (The Mint Family)
36 species from the Lamiaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Maltese savory, Small-leaved Micromeria

Maltese name(s) :

Xpakkapietra, Xkattapietra, Sagħtrija

Status for Malta :

Subendemic. Found in Malta and neighbouring territories such as in Sicily, Lampedusa, Pantelleria, and other islands.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: CHAMEOPHYTE ( dwarf or small woody shrubs )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Protected by law: Schedule VIII of [S.L. 549.44] (Exploitation subject to management measures)

Red List (1989) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

Flowering Time :

All Year

Colour of Flowers:

Pink or Violet

Name Derivation :

Micromeria: Micro' meaning small and 'meris' meaning parts, thus having small parts mainly referring to the small flowers and leaves of plants in this Genus. (Greek origin )
microphylla: Having small leaves ('micro' = small, 'phyll' = leaves). (Greek origin )

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Garigue, Valley sides, Rocky wasteground.
Botanical Description: Subglabrous to somewhat pubescent dwarf shrub 10-30 cm with more or less filiform, procumbent or ascending, often branched stems. Leaves 3-6 x 2-4 mm, triangular-ovate to elliptical, the upper sometimes narrowly elliptical, rounded or cuneate at base, acute, entire, flat, subsessile. Verticillasters with 1-6 usually erecto-patent flowers; peduncles or pedicels c. ½ as long as subtending leaves. Calyx 2.5-3.5 mm, patent-pubescent, villous in throat; teeth c. ½ as long as tube, lanceolate-acuminate to -subulate, unequal. Corolla 5-8 mm, purple.
Distributional range: . S. Italy and Sicilia Kriti and Karpathos.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Doubtful in the Balaeric Islands, Crete, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Cr Cy It Si

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Species Images (15 images)
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-0.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-1.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-2.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-3.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-4.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-5.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-6.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-7.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-8.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-9.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-10.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-11.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-12.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-13.
   Micromeria microphylla   -   Image Code: MCRMP-14.

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