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Portuguese thyme in Algarve dunes

Observed: 7th June 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in PlantsNick Upton’s reputation in PlantsNick Upton’s reputation in PlantsNick Upton’s reputation in Plants
Portuguese thyme (Thymus carnosus) a species endemic to southen Portugal, flowering in sand dunes on Culatra island, Parque Natural da Ria Formosa,  Olhao, Algarve, Portugal, June.
Portuguese thyme (Thymus carnosus) a species endemic to southen Portugal, flowering in sand dunes on Culatra island, Parque Natural da Ria Formosa,  Olhao, Algarve, Portugal, June.
Description:

Many clumps of this white thyme with small succulent leaves were flowering in the dunes on Culatra island, Ria Formosa, Algarve, and I'm pretty sure they're Thymus carnosus, a species endemic to southern Portugal, typical of dune habitats and mentioned as a dominant species in Culatra sand dunes in online nature guides. There are some quite similar thyme species in Portugal, but they're very rare and limited to sites further West. http://www.flora-on.pt/#/09sRV

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Portuguese Thyme (Thymus carnosus)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

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