Asphodelus fistulosus, Hollow-stemmed Asphodel,
Onion-leaved asphodel, Onionweed, Pink asphodel,
Hebrew: עירית נבובה, Arabic: غيصلان

Scientific name:  Asphodelus fistulosus L.
Common name:  Hollow-stemmed Asphodel, Onion-leaved asphodel , Onionweed, Pink asphodel
Hebrew name:   עירית נבובה
Arabic name:  غيصلان
Family:  Liliaceae, שושניים

Fleurs sauvages, Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres

Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Stems:  Erect, smooth, hairless, hollow stem up to 70 centimeters tall; rigid, do not have any leaves, and are usually branched in their upper parts
Leaves:  Tufted leaves, rosette, entire, elongated, smooth, terete, hollow, slightly fleshy, and an onion-like appearance
Flowers:  Up to 30 flowers along terminal racemes; white, pink, 6 petals each with brownish, reddish or purplish-coloured stripe down its centre; 6 stamens with white filaments and orange or brownish-coloured anthers.
Fruits / pods:  4-7 mm across sub-globular capsule, rugose; divided into three compartments, each containing one or two seeds; seed 3-4 mm long, brown or black, fusiform or triangular in shape, rough surface texture
Flowering Period:   January, February, March, April, May
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral


Derivation of the botanical name:
Asphodelus, ασφοδελοϛ, Greek name for this plant. Asphodel means the unsurpassed. The English word “daffodil” is a perversion of “asphodel,” formerly written “affodil.” Some philologists suggest that de name daffodil arose from the Dutch de affodil.
fistulosus, hollow or tubular, usually referring to the stalks (Latin).
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.