Thymus capitatus.

Subshrub with stout, erect branches and very short, stiff linear leaves, up to 30 cm high, native to the Mediterranean area, mainly in Spain. Using the flowering top on steam distillation the Spanish origanum oil is obtained.

This essential oil is appreciated by its content of carvacol, its major phenolic component. Major producing country is Spain, but also in Israel, Lebanon and Turkey. The plant must be collected on August to obtain fine oil.

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