Caralluma sinaica, Caralluma maris-mortui, Caudanthera sinaica , Boucerosia sinaica,
Hebrew: אצבוע ים-המלח, Arabic: دد الكلبة (Dadal Kalbah), الغلثى (Ghali)

Scientific name:  Caralluma sinaica (Decne.) A.Berger
Synonym name:  Caralluma maris-mortui Zohary, Caudanthera sinaica (Decne.) Plowes, Boucerosia sinaica Decne.
Common name:  Caralluma sinaica
Hebrew name:  אצבוע ים-המלח
Arabic name:  دد الكلبة (Dadal Kalbah), الغلثى (Ghali)
Family:  Asclepiadaceae, Milkweed Family, משפחת האסקלפיים

Caralluma sinaica, Caralluma maris-mortui, Caudanthera sinaica , Boucerosia sinaica, אצבוע ים-המלח, دد الكلبة (Dadal Kalbah), الغلثى (Ghali)

Life form:  Non-woody perennial
Spinescence:  Absent
Succulence:  Succulent
Stems:  Ascending-erect, richly branched, shrubby, forming mats or clumps, grey, quadrangular
Leaves:  No leaves
Inflorescence:  The flowers are carried on stakes as long as the calyx
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite only, yellow
Fruits / pods:  Grey-green spotted with purple
Flowering Period:  April, May
Habitat:  Hard rock outcrops
Distribution:   Shrub-steppes, Deserts, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:  Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Perennating

Caralluma sinaica, Caralluma maris-mortui, Caudanthera sinaica , Boucerosia sinaica, אצבוע ים-המלח,  دد الكلبة (Dadal Kalbah), الغلثى (Ghali)


Derivation of the botanical name:
Caralluma from the Arabian, "qarh al-luhum‟, meaning wound in the flesh or abscess, probably from the floral odor in some taxa.
sinaica from Sinai.
  • The standard author abbreviation Decne. is used to indicate Joseph Decaisne (1807 – 1882), a French botanist and agronomist.
  • The standard author abbreviation A.Berger is used to indicate Alwin Berger (1871 – 1931), a German botanist, known for his contribution to the nomenclature of succulent plants, particularly agaves and cacti.
  • The standard author abbreviation Zohary is used to indicate Michael Zohary (1898 – 1983), a pioneering Israeli botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Plowes is used to indicate Darrel Charles Herbert Plowes (1925 - 2016), a South African botanist.

Caralluma sinaica, Caralluma maris-mortui, Caudanthera sinaica , Boucerosia sinaica,  אצבוע ים-המלח,  دد الكلبة (Dadal Kalbah), الغلثى (Ghali)