Atractylis carduus, Atractylis flava, Yellow Distaff-thistle,
Hebrew: חורשף צהוב, Arabic: بهيمة – خرشف- شوك جمال -خشيرة

Scientific name:  Atractylis carduus (Forssk.) C.Chr.
Synonym name:  Atractylis flava Desf.
Common name:  Yellow Distaff-thistle
Hebrew name:   חורשף צהוב
Arabic name:  بهيمة – خرشف- شوك جمال -خشيرة
Family:  Compositae / Asteraceae, מורכבים

Fleurs sauvages, Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres

Life form:  Chamaephyte
Spinescence:  Leaves, bracts
Stems:  Erect, up to 15cm; destitute of stems; covered with a prickly down
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, dentate or serrate, spinescent
Flowers:  Cream, yellow, spinescent bracts
Fruits / pods:  Fruits are tufted with fine wool
Flowering Period:   April, May, June, July
Habitat:  Sand
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Perenating
פרחים וצמחי בר: דיווחי פריחה


Derivation of the botanical name:
Atractylis, Latin atractylis and Greek atraktylis for a thistlelike plant used for making spindles.
carduus, thistle.
flava, bright almost pure yellow.
  • The standard author abbreviation C.Chr. is used to indicate Carl Frederick Albert Christensen (1872–1942), a Danish botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Forssk. is used to indicate Peter Forsskål (1732–1763), a Swedish explorer, orientalist and naturalist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Desf. is used to indicate René Louiche Desfontaines (1750–1833), a French botanist.

Vilda blommor i Israel: Atractylis carduus,Atractylis flava, Yellow Distaff-thistle, חורשף צהוב


Bloemen in Israel: Atractylis carduus,Atractylis flava, Yellow Distaff-thistle, חורשף צהוב


Israel Flowers: Atractylis carduus,Atractylis flava, Yellow Distaff-thistle, חורשף צהוב


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