Atractylis comosa, Feinbrunia speciosa, Beautiful Distaff-thistle,
חורשף מצויץ

Scientific name:  Atractylis comosa Cass.
Synonym name:  Feinbrunia speciosa (DC.) K.Schmid
Common name:  Beautiful Distaff-thistle
Hebrew name:  חורשף מצויץ
Family:  Compositae / Asteraceae, מורכבים

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Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  The stems are covered with rough bristles
Leaves:  Spinescent leaf, rosette, alternate, entire, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite, purple, spinescent bracts
Fruits / pods:  Homogeneous seeds-fruits
Flowering Period:  July, August, September, October, November
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Atractylis, Latin atractylis and Greek atraktylis for a thistlelike plant used for making spindles.
comosa, with long hair growing in tufts.
Feinbrunia, named for Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan (1900-1995), an Israeli botanist.
speciosa, speciosus, beautiful, good looking, showy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Cass. is used to indicate Alexandre Henri Gabriel de Cassini (1781 – 1832), a French botanist and naturalist.
  • The standard author abbreviation DC. is used to indicate Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (1778 – 1841), a Swiss botanist.

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Atractylis comosa, Feinbrunia speciosa, Beautiful Distaff-thistle, חורשף מצויץ