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Rosemary

The rosemary (Lavandula luisieri (Rozeira) Rivas-Martinez) is a small aromatic bush (of < 1,3 meter in height), of persistent leaves, tomentous, with whole leaves, which are gray and pubescent. The most relevant characteristic in the rosemary is its inflorescence, which is a compact and angular stalk, whose very big terminal bracts are sterile, resembling the petals of lilaceous colour.
This specie is distributed throughout the country with exception to the mountainous areas of the north and centre. It is present in low thermophilic bushes being adapted to all types of soil. It is specie with medicinal interests, being used as an antiseptic, for healing, and for gastric problems. It is an ornamental plant and frequently visited by bees.

Mário Fernandes Lousã
Botanist, QUERCUS member nr. 12661

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