Alcea acaulis, Althaea acaulis,
Stemless Hollyhock,
Hebrew: חוטמית עין הפרה, Arabic: ختمية زاحفة

Scientific name:  Alcea acaulis (Cav.) Alef.
Synonym name:  Althaea acaulis Cav.
Common name:  Stemless Hollyhock
Hebrew name:  חוטמית עין הפרה
Arabic name:  ختمية زاحفة
Family:  Malvaceae, חלמיתיים

Alcea acaulis,Althaea acaulis, Stemless Hollyhock, חוטמית עין הפרה,  ختمية زاحفة

Life form:   Chamaephyte, semi-shrub
Stems:  Almost stemless
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  Pink, purple, white
Flowering Period:   March, April, May
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perennating

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Alcea, alkaia, αλκεα (Greek), according to Dioscorides: a kind of mallow; a poisonous plant.
acaulis, ακαυλοϛ, stemless, or with only very short stems.
The Hebrew word: חוטמית, chotmit from a bulge, the “staminal column” or “stamen tube”, arising from the centre of the flower, reminiscent of a snout and originates from the name in Arabic, Khatima.
  • The standard author abbreviation Cav. is used to indicate Antonio José Cavanilles (1745 – 1804), a leading Spanish taxonomic botanist of the 18th century.
  • The standard author abbreviation Alef. is used to indicate Friedrich Georg Christoph Alefeld (1820 – 1872), a German botanist, author and medical practitioner.