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germander n : any of various plants of the genus Teucrium

Extensive Definition

Teucrium is a genus of perennial plants, of the family Lamiaceae. Common names for this genus include germanders. These species are herbs, shrubs or subshrubs. They are most common in Mediterranean climates.
A unique feature of this genus among Lamiaceae is that the flowers completely lack the upper lip of the corolla, although it is somewhat reduced also in other genera (Ajuga among them).
Several are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Coleophora case-bearers Coleophora auricella and Coleophora chamaedriella. The latter is only known from Wall Germander.
Teucrium species are rich in essential oils. Humans value germanders as ornamental plants and pollen source, and some species have culinary and/or medical value.

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germander in Danish: Kortlæbe
germander in German: Gamander
germander in Spanish: Teucrium
germander in French: Germandrée
germander in Upper Sorbian: Prawa dubčica
germander in Hebrew: געדה
germander in Georgian: კუტი ბალახი
germander in Lithuanian: Berutis
germander in Dutch: Gamander
germander in Polish: Ożanka
germander in Portuguese: Teucrium
germander in Romanian: Teucrium
germander in Albanian: Arrësi
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