Capparis aegyptia, Capparis deserti, Capparis sinaica,
Egyptian caper,
Hebrew: צלף מצרי, Arabic: قبار

Scientific name:  Capparis aegyptia Lam.
Synonym name:  Capparis deserti (Zohary) Täckh. & Boulos, Capparis sinaica Veill
Common name:  Egyptian caper
Hebrew name:  צלף מצרי
Arabic name:  قبار
Plant Family:  Capparaceae, צלפיים

Capparis aegyptia, Egyptian caper, צלף מצרי, قبار

Life form:  Shrub
Stems:  Evergreen, spiny, trailing, deciduous shrub growing up to 1-2 m in height
Leaves:  Glaucous or blue leaves, alternate, one leaf per node
Flowers:  White
Fruits / pods:  Narrow-ovate fruits
Flowering Period:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July
Habitat:  Heavy soils
Distribution:  Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Irano-Turanian - Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Capparis aegyptia, Egyptian caper, צלף מצרי, قبار


Derivation of the botanical name:
Capparis (latin), borrowed from Greek kapparis [κάππαρις], whose origin is unknown but probably West or Central Asia (Alkabara, kabar). Another theory links kapparis to the name of the island Cyprus (Kypros [Κύπρος]), where capers grow abundantly. Arabic kafara, to be hairy, villous.
aegyptia, Egyptian.
  • The standard author abbreviation Lam. is used to indicate Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744–1829), a French botanist.