|Scientific name:||Boerhavia repens L.|
|Synonym name:||Boerhavia diffusa L.|
|Common name:||Spreading Hogweed, Red spiderling|
|Hebrew name:||בורהביה זוחלת|
|Arabic name:||الحثرة الزاحفة|
|Plant Family:||Nyctaginaceae, Four o'clock family, לילניים|
|Life form (Raunkiaer):||Chamaephyte, vine|
|Stems:||Prostrate, puberulous or almost hairless|
|Leaves:||Opposite, ovate to lanceolate, mostly less than 2.5 cm long, almost hairless, glandular|
|Flowers:||Usually in clusters of 2-6; white, pink or mauve|
|Fruits / pods:||3-4 mm long, clavate to fusiform with a rounded apex, 5-ribbed, smooth, more or less hairless|
|Flowering Period:||March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November|
|Habitat:||Desert, thermophilous (heat-loving)|
|Distribution:||Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Boerhavia, named after Herman Boerhave, 1668-1739, a Dutch botanist, humanist and physician of European fame. He is regarded as the founder of clinical teaching and of the modern academic hospital.
repens, repo, to crawl, creep; creeping.
diffusa, diffus, spread out, extended, wide; spreading.
The Hebrew name: בורהביה זוחלת, Boerhavia zochelet, Boerhavia, named after Herman Boerhave; zochelet, creeping.