Aegilops geniculata, Aegilops ovata, Ovate goat-grass,
Hebrew: בן-חיטה ביצני, Arabic: دوسر ركبي

Scientific name:  Aegilops geniculata Roth
Synonym name:  Aegilops ovata L.
Common name:  Ovate goat-grass
Hebrew name:  בן-חיטה ביצני
Arabic name:  دوسر ركبي
Family:  Gramineae / Poaceae, דגניים

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Life form:  Annual
Stems:  Numerous stems, up to 30 (-40)cm
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, hairy or glabrous, sheats glabrous, margin smooth
Inflorescence:  Spike 1-2cm (excluding awns)
Flowers:  Polygamous, green
Fruits / pods:  Caryopsis ellipsoid, longitudinally grooved, hilum long-linear, hairy at apex
Flowering Period:  March, April, May
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Aegilops, from the Greek aegilos (a herb liked by goats, or a goat), with ‘goatlike’ (referring to whiskery-awned spikelets), literally, "goat in the eye".
geniculata, bent sharply like a knee.
ovata, egg-shaped, with the broad end down.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Aegilops geniculata, Aegilops ovata, Ovate goat-grass, בן-חיטה ביצני, دوسر ركبي