Origanum onites

Origanum onites, the Cretan oregano,[citation needed] Greek oregano,[2] pot marjoram[2] or Ellinikí rίgani in Greek (Ελληνική ρίγανη), is a plant species in the genus Origanum found in Sicily, Greece and Turkey.[3] It has similar flavors as oregano. Its essential oil can be distinguished from other species such as Greek oregano (Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum).[4] It has antimicrobial activities.[5]

Origanum onites
Origanum onites 'Aurea' kz02.jpg
Origanum onites 'Aurea' in Wellington Botanical Garden
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Origanum
O. onites
Binomial name
Origanum onites
  • Majorana cretica Mill.
  • Majorana onites (L.) Benth.
  • Majorana orega (Vogel) Briq.
  • Majorana oreja Walp. [Spelling variant]
  • Majorana smyrnaea (L.) T.Nees
  • Onites tomentosus Raf.
  • Origanum album Salisb. nom. illeg.
  • Origanum heracleoticum W.D.J.Koch nom. illeg.
  • Origanum orega Vogel
  • Origanum pallidum Desf.
  • Origanum smyrnaeum L.
  • Origanum tragoriganum Zucc. ex Steud. nom. inval.
  • Schizocalyx smyrnaeus (L.) Scheele


The plant contains the chemical compounds thymol, carvacrol and cedrol.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 12 May 2016
  2. ^ a b USDA GRIN Taxonomy, retrieved 12 May 2016
  3. ^ Vokou, D.; Kokkini, S.; Bessière, J-M. (1988). "Origanum onites (Lamiaceae) in Greece: Distribution, Volatile Oil Yield, and Composition". Economic Botany. 42 (3): 407–412. doi:10.1007/BF02860163. JSTOR 4255090. S2CID 41665057.
  4. ^ Kokkini, Stella; Karousou, Regina; Hanlidou, Effie; Lanaras, Tom (2004). "Essential Oil Composition of Greek (Origanum vulgaressp.hirtum) and Turkish (O. Onites) Oregano: A Tool for Their Distinction". Journal of Essential Oil Research. 16 (4): 334. doi:10.1080/10412905.2004.9698735. S2CID 95585216.
  5. ^ Sarac, N; Ugur, A (2008). "Antimicrobial activities of the essential oils of Origanum onites L., Origanum vulgare L. Subspecies hirtum (Link) Ietswaart, Satureja thymbra L., and Thymus cilicicus Boiss. & Bal. Growing wild in Turkey". Journal of Medicinal Food. 11 (3): 568–73. doi:10.1089/jmf.2007.0520. PMID 18800908.

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