Convolvulus dorycnium, Splendid Bindweed,
Hebrew: חבלבל השיח, Arabic: دورآنيوم

Scientific name:  Convolvulus dorycnium L.
Common name:  Splendid Bindweed, Dorycnium bindweed
Hebrew name:  חבלבל השיח
Arabic name:  لبلاب دورآنيوم
Plant Family:  Convolvulaceae, חבלבליים

Convolvulus dorycnium, Splendid Bindweed, لبلاب دورآنيوم ,חבלבל השיח

Life form:   Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  Up to 90 cm, shrubby, dichotomously panicled, branches stiff
Leaves:  Alternate, entire
Flowers:  sessile, solitary, end of branches, pink
Fruits / pods:  Capsule
Flowering Period:  April, May, June, July
Habitat:  Bathas and semi-steppe shrublands
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Convolvulus dorycnium, Splendid Bindweed, חבלבל השיח

Derivation of the botanical name:
Convolvulus, Latin, convolvere, "to twine around"; "a bindweed" (Plinius), from convolvo, volvi, volutum, ere "to droll together, roll up, intertwine."
dorycnium was a common poisonous plant, which was so called from the fact that it was used in battle for poisoning the points of spears.
The Hebrew word chavalval, חבלבול. Shaul Tchernichovsky (1875 – 1943), poem: "You Are So Fragrant" (19.7.1929):... ניחוחם של חבלבלים, nichucham shel chavalvalim, fragrance of Convolvulus (Tchernichovsky's Note: chavalval, חבלבול, Convolvulus L. Winde, Bindweed, Вьюнок).
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.