Boerhavia repens, Boerhavia diffusa, Spreading Hogweed,
Hebrew: בורהביה זוחלת, Arabic: الحثرة الزاحفة

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

Boerhavia repens, Boerhavia diffusa, Spreading Hogweed, الحثرة الزاحفة,בורביה זוחלת

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
Chorotype:  Tropical
Summer shedding:  Perenating

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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 standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.