Cynanchum acutum, Montpellier scamony plant, Stranglevine, Siberian swallow-wart,
Hebrew: חנק מחודד, Arabic: مديد, Egypt: "Moddeid"

Scientific name:   Cynanchum acutum L.
Common name:  Montpellier scamony plant, Stranglevine, Siberian swallow-wart
Hebrew name:   חנק מחודד
Arabic name:  مديد
Egypt:  "Moddeid"
Plant Family:  Asclepiadaceae, אסקלפיים

פרחים וצמחי בר בארץ ישראל, חנק מחודד

Life form:  Phanerophyte shrub, climber
Stems:  Ascending, twining, richly branched. Shoots herbaceous, sparsely to densely covered with flexuous trichomes, 0.5-0.75 mm long
Leaves:  Opposite, entire
Flowers:  Pink
Fruits / pods:  Follicles fusiform to narrowly oblong, round in cross section, apically strongly beaked, light brown, longitudinally grooved, glabrous
Flowering Period:   June, July, August, September
Habitat:   Humid habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Cynanchum acutum, Montpellier scamony plant, Stranglevine, חנק מחודד


Derivation of the botanical name:
Cynanchum, Greek, kynos, a dog; ancho, to strangle. Some of the species of these twining herbs and herbs and sub-shrubs are poisonous.
acutum, with a sharp but not a tapering point.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.