Alcea digitata, Althaea digitata,
Fingered Hollyhock,
Hebrew: חטמית מאוצבעת, Arabic: خطمية إصبعية

Scientific name:  Alcea digitata (Boiss.) Alef.
Synonym name:  Althaea digitata Boiss.
Common name:  Fingered Hollyhock
Hebrew name:   חטמית מאוצבעת
Arabic name:  خطمية إصبعية
Family:  Malvaceae, חלמיתיים

פרחים וצמחי בר בארץ ישראל

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  Erect , unbranched,
Leaves:  Alternate, palmate; compound, pinnate or bipinnate, pinnate; dentate or serrate margin' stipule
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite; pink, violet petals
Fruits / pods:  Schizocarp, disk-shaped
Flowering Period:  April, May, June
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perennating

Alcea digitata, Althaea digitata, Fingered Hollyhock, חטמית מאוצבעת, خطمية إصبعية

Derivation of the botanical name:
Alcea, alkaia, αλκεα (Greek), according to Dioscorides: a kind of mallow; a poisonous plant.
digitata, digit, finger; fingered.
Althaea, from the Greek word altho "to cure"; αλϑαια; Althaea officinalis, marsh mallow.
The Hebrew word: חוטמית, chotmit from 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 Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.
  • The standard author abbreviation Alef. is used to indicate Friedrich Georg Christoph Alefeld (1820 – 1872), a German botanist, author and medical practitioner.

Alcea digitata, Althaea digitata, Fingered Hollyhock,خطمية إصبعية  ,חטמית מאוצבעת