Buglossoides tenuiflora, Lithospermum tenuiflorum, Gromwell,
Hebrew: גלעינית זעירת-פרחים

Scientific name:  Buglossoides tenuiflora (L. fil) I.M.Johnston
Synonym name:  Lithospermum tenuiflorum (L. fil)
Common name:  Gromwell
Hebrew name:  גלעינית זעירת-פרחים
Plant Family:  Boraginaceae, זיפניים

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Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Stems:  ± robust, stem generally branched from the base
Leaves:  Alternate, simple, smooth; calyx hairs yellowish
Flowers:  Blue, white
Fruits / pods:  Nutlets distinctly bigibbous
Flowering Period:   February, March, April
Habitat:   Shrub-steppes
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral
Protected Flower, צמח מוגן:  No

Buglossoides tenuiflora, Lithospermum tenuiflorum, Gromwell, גלעינית זעירת-פרחים


Derivation of the botanical name:
Buglossoides, Latin buglossos and Greek bouglossos (bous, ox and glossa, tongue); oides, resembling; refers to the shape and roughness of the leaves.
tenuiflora, tenuis, thin, fine, slim, slender; florus, to bloom, to flower; slender flowered.
Lithospermum , lithos, λιϑοϛ, stone; spermum, seeds; with very hard sonelike seeds. Cromwell, the classical name.
tenuiflorum, as tenuiflora.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation I.M.Johnston is used to indicate Ivan Murray Johnston (1898–1960), a United States botanist.

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