Teucrium creticum, Chamaedrys cretica, Teucrium charamoniense,
Teucrium hyssopifolium, Teucrium rosmarinifolium, Cretan germander,
Hebrew: געדה כרתית, Arabic: الجعدة الكريتية

Scientific name:  Teucrium creticum L.
Synonym name:  Chamaedrys cretica (L.) Raf., Teucrium charamoniense Cav., Teucrium hyssopifolium Schreb., Teucrium rosmarinifolium Lam.
Common name:  Cretan Germander
Hebrew name:  געדה כרתית
Arabic name:  الجعدة الكريتية
Family:  Labiatae (Lamiaceae), Mint Family, משפחה שפתניים

Teucrium creticum, Chamaedrys cretica, Teucrium charamoniense, Teucrium hyssopifolium, Teucrium rosmarinifolium, געדה כרתית,  الجعدة الكريتية

Life form:  Evergreen dwarf shrub
Spinescence:  no
Succulence:  no
Stems:  4-angled, white-tomentose
Leaves:  Opposite, lanceolate-linear, quite entire
Inflorescence:  Flowers in raceme-like panicles
Flowers:  Calyx shortly campanulate, white-tomentose outside, glabrous within; corolla 15-25mm, blue or lilac; stamens long-exserted
Fruits / pods:  Nutlets
Flowering Period:  May, June, July, August, September
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Teucrium creticum, Chamaedrys cretica, Teucrium charamoniense, Teucrium hyssopifolium, Teucrium rosmarinifolium, געדה כרתית,  الجعدة الكريتية


Derivation of the botanical name:
Teucrium, Greek teukrion, probably named for Teucer (Τεῦκρος, Teukros), the son of King Telamon of Salamis and his second wife Hesione, daughter of King Laomedon of Troy. He fought alongside his half-brother, Ajax, in the Trojan War and is the legendary founder of the city Salamis on Cyprus.
creticum, from Crete.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Teucrium creticum, Chamaedrys cretica, Teucrium charamoniense, Teucrium hyssopifolium, Teucrium rosmarinifolium, געדה כרתית, الجعدة الكريتية


Teucrium creticum, Chamaedrys cretica, Teucrium charamoniense, Teucrium hyssopifolium, Teucrium rosmarinifolium, געדה כרתית, الجعدة الكريتية