Micromeria fruticosa, Micromeria serpyllifolia, White micromeria,
White savory, White-leaved savory, Tea Hyssop,
Hebrew: זוטה לבנה, Arabic: عشب الشاي

Scientific name:  Micromeria fruticosa (L.) Druce
Synonym name:  Micromeria serpyllifolia (M.Bieb.) Boiss.
Common name:  White micromeria, White savory, White-leaved savory, Tea Hyssop
Hebrew name:  zuta levana, זוטה לבנה
Arabic name:  ashab a-shai, عشب الشاي
Family:  Labiatae / Lamiaceae, שפתניים

Flora of Israel, send flowers
Location: Ramat Hanadiv (“heights of the benefactor”)

Life form:  Chamaephyte
Stems:  40-70 cm; erect, minutely whitish-velutinous; branches divaricate
Leaves:  Opposite, lanceolate to ovate-orbicular; entire margin
Inflorescence:  Verticillasters with 10-30 flowers, lax, greatly exceeding subtending leaves
Flowers:  Calyx, obovoid-tubular, villous in throat; corolla, White
Fruits / pods:  Nutlets obtuse
Flowering Period:  February, March, April, May, June
Habitat:   Hard rock outcrops
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perenating

 Micromeria fruticosa, Micromeria serpyllifolia, White micromeria, White savory, White-leaved savory, Tea Hyssop, זוטה לבנה, عشب الشاي
Location: Ramat Hanadiv (“heights of the benefactor”)


Derivation of the botanical name:
Micromeria, mikros (Greek), "small", meris, "a part"; the flowers of these low-growing herbs and sub-shrubs are very small.
fruticosa, frutex (Latin), "a shrub", therefore, shrubby, bushy.
serpyllifolia, with leaves like Thymus serpyllum.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Druce is used to indicate George Claridge Druce (1850 – 1932), an English botanist and a Mayor of Oxford.
  • The standard author abbreviation M.Bieb. is used to indicate Friedrich August Marschall von Bieberstein (1768 - 1826), a German explorer.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885),a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.
Micromeria fruticosa, a native herb, the leaves are used for tea.

 Micromeria fruticosa, Micromeria serpyllifolia, White micromeria, White savory, White-leaved savory, Tea Hyssop, זוטה לבנה, عشب الشاي