Bellevalia flexuosa, Common Roman Squill,
Hebrew: זמזומית מצויה, Arabic: البلفية المتعرجة

Scientific name:  Bellevalia flexuosa Boiss.
Common name:  Common Roman Squill
Hebrew name:  זמזומית מצויה
Arabic name:  البلفية المتعرجة
Family:  Liliaceae, שושניים

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Life form:  Geophyte
Stems:  12-23 cm high; pink, violet color of the stem and pedicels
Leaves:  Rosette, usually prostate and wavy, with rough or shortly ciliate margins
Flowers:  Raceme; flower-buds white; becoming greenish brown
Fruits / pods:  Capsule, obtuse at apex; seeds rounded or occasionally pear-shaped, smooth, dull, black, but sometimes with a bluish bloom
Flowering Period:  February, March
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Bellevalia, named in honor of Pierre Richer de Belleval (1564-1632), who founded the Montpellier Botanic Garden in 1593.
flexuosus, flexuos, full of turns, winding, tortuous; bending, curvy.
The Hebrew name: זמזומית, zimzumit, it's origin is in the buzzing, humming (זמזום, zimzum), that the flowers make when they are slightly crushed by hand.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.

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Bellevalia flexuosa, Common Roman Squill, البلفية المتعرجة ,זמזומית מצויה