Alkanna strigosa, Spiny Alkanet,
Hebrew: אלקנה סמורה, Arabic: هواء جوي، جوه

Scientific name:  Alkanna strigosa Boiss. et Hohen
Common name:  Spiny Alkanet
Hebrew name:  אלקנה סמורה
Arabic name:   هواء جوي، جوه
Family:  Boraginaceae, זיפניים

פרחים בישראל, פרחי בר, תמונות

Life form:  Chamaephyte
Leaves:  Alternate, entire
Flowers:  Blue
Flowering Period:   February, March, April, May
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands,
Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Alkanna strigosa, Spiny Alkanet, هواء جوي، جوه, אלקנה סמורה


Derivation of the botanical name:
Alkanna, Middle English alknet, from Medieval Latin alcannetta, from Arabic al-ḥanna, al-ḥinnā' the henna (Lawsonia inermis lythraceae).
strigosa, striga, a straight rigid close-pressed rather short bristle-like hair; strigosa - covered with strigae, bristled.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.
  • The standard author abbreviation Hohen. is used to indicate Rudolph Friedrich Hohenacker (1798 – 1874), a Swiss-German missionary and botanist.