Anabasis articulata, Salsola articulata,
Berry bearing glasswort, Jointed Anabis,
Hebrew: יפרוק המדבר, Arabic: الشَّنَّان المفصلي

Scientific name:  Anabasis articulata (Forskk.) Moq.
Synonym name:  Salsola articulata Forskk.
Common name:  Jointed Anabis
Hebrew name:  יפרוק המדבר
Arabic name:  الشَّنَّان المفصلي
Family:  Chenopodiaceae, סלקיים

Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres, زهور,

Life form:  Chamaephyte
Stems:  Articulated stems
Leaves:  Opposte, scale
Flowers:  Green
Fruits / pods:  Small fruit containing one seed with a coiled embryo
Flowering Period:   October, November
Habitat:   Shrub-steppes, Desert
Distribution:   Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:   Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Anabasis articulata, Salsola articulata,Berry bearing glasswort, Jointed Anabis, יפרוק המדבר


Derivation of the botanical name:
Anabasis, Ἀνάβασις, ana, "up" + bainein, "to go".
articulata, jointed, as in plants such as bamboos and horsetails.
Salsola, from Latin salsus for "salty".
  • The standard author abbreviation Forskk. is used to indicate Peter Forsskål (1732 – 1763), a Swedish explorer, orientalist and naturalist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Moq. is used to indicate Christian Horace Bénédict Alfred Moquin-Tandon (1804 – 1863), a French naturalist and doctor.
Anabasis articulata is one of the plants useful to the bedouins. There is no species of plant in the desert that is not eaten by at least one of the animals that the bedouin raises. All plants are utilized for pasture. In many plants bedouins find a source of nutrition, and some plant's provide them with medicine.
Anabasis articulata, the Bedouin calls it 'ajram, is part of the hamdh pasture (salty and sour plants), pasture necessary for curing the disease ja'am ( Various parasites, carried by annual plants, give the animals a serious intestinal disorder called ja'am). The main cure for ja'am is to let the livestock graze on hamdh pasture (salty and sour plants) at the end of the season, generally in May.
The bedouins also utilize plants in a variety of manufactures, some of which are essential to their daily existence. Anabasis articulata is used as a Laundry soap (process: burn to ash; put ash in cloth; scrub wet clothes with cloth).

Bible resources:
    According to Michael Zohary (1898-!983) in his book, Plants of the Bible: the Arabic ushnan or shenan and agram for jointed anabasis are cognate with the biblical proper names Shuni (or Ashna) and Hagarmi (I Chronicles 4:19).
  1. Genesis 46:16
    The sons of Gad were 'QF'Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.
  2. Numbers 26:15 (BCE 1706)
    Here are the names of Gad's sons. They are listed by their families.
    The Zephonite family came from Zephon.
    The Haggite family came from Haggi.
    The Shunite family came from Shuni.

Flowers of Israel (Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres, زهور,)