Thymus herba-barona Loisel.

Caraway Thyme

Prostrate subshrub with wiry creeping or arching branches rooting at the nodes and soon becoming woody. Stems not conspicuously 4-angled, with very short hairs all round. Leaves 3-8 mm long, ovate to lanceolate with an acute apex, petiolate, dark green, often deflexed, veins indistinct, glabrous except for a few marginal cilia near the base. Inflorescence comprising compact heads, bracts like the leaves. Calyx 4 mm long, white with prominent green or purple veins; teeth of upper lip longer than broad; all teeth ciliate. Flower tube about 7 mm long, pink. Lower lip with darker and lighter markings. Flowering period long (Oct-Jan). Fragrance of caraway but sweeter.

Corsica, Sardinia

Hairs all round stem, leaf apex acute, early flowering, caraway/nutmeg scent.

Source: Lumley, P. (2002). Thymus. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Thymus L.