Cardopatium corymbosum, Echinops corymbosus,
Black chamoeleon,
Hebrew: נעצוצית סבוכה, Arabic: كردوبتيوم عذقي

Scientific name:  Cardopatium corymbosum (L.) Pers.
Synonym name:  Echinops corymbosus L.
Common name:  Black chamoeleon
Hebrew name:  נעצוצית סבוכה
Arabic name:  كردوبتيوم عذقي
Plant Family:  Compositae / Asteraceae, מורכבים

Israel Flowers (פרחים וצמחי בר)
Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve


Life form:   Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  8-20 cm high, with short stems, often prostrate, with thorns up to 1 cm long.
Leaves:  Basal leaves in wide rosette, alternate, dissected twice or more, spinescent
Flowers:  Dark blue flower heads with pinnate spiny leaves
Fruits / pods:  Hairy achene
Flowering Period:   July, August, September
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Cardopatium corymbosum, Black chamoeleon,נעצוצית סבוכה
Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve


Derivation of the botanical name:
corymbosum, corymbus, κορυμβοϛ, cluster of fruit or flowers; osus, plenitude or notable development; full of corymbs.
  • 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 Pers. is used to indicate Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (1761–1836), a mycologist, born in South Africa
The roots of the Cardopatium corymbosum are used in Cyprus in topical applications on wounds and as a antiseptic.