Artedia squamata, Crown Flower, Madonna flower,
Hebrew: שפרירה קשקשנית , Arabic: أرتيديا

Scientific name:  Artedia squamata L.
Common name:  Crown Flower, Madonna flower, Fennel-leaved Artedia
Hebrew name:   שפרירה קשקשנית
Arabic name:  أرتيديا
Family:  Umbelliferae / Apiaceae, Parsley family, סוככיים

Fleurs sauvages, Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres, زهور,

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  20-60cm high
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, dissected twice or more
Flowers:  Umbel terminal, White
Fruits / pods:  Seeds scaly
Flowering Period:   March, April, May
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Flowers of Israel online, Native plants, Palestine

Derivation of the botanical name:
Artedia, named in honour of Peter Artedi (1705 – 1735), a Swedish naturalist, by Linnaeus. Artedi designed the system of naming organisms by a generic name and a specific epithet, and from that Linnaeus created the binominal nomenclature and hierarchical classification that is still in use for all organisms.
squamata, scaly.
The Hebrew word: שפרירה, shafrira, beauty, grace, loveliness; The Hebrew Language Academy has chosen a name for this plant, whose entertaining tone invites invitations and responses that cover every attractive detail about the plant itself.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
Artedia squamata is the only member of the genus Artedia.

Artedia squamata, Crown Flower,Madonna flower, שפרירה קשקשנית

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