Erophila minima, Smallest whitlowgrass, Spring Whitlowgrass,
אביבית זעירה

Scientific name:  Erophila minima C.A.Meyer
Scientific name:  Draba minima Steud.
Common name:  Smallest whitlowgrass, Spring Whitlowgrass
Hebrew name:  אביבית זעירה
Plant Family:  Cruciferae / Brassicaceae, מצליבים

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Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Stems:  5-13 cm tall
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, entire, linear dentate or serrate
Inflorescence:  Raceme
Flowers:  White
Fruits / pods:  Egg-shaped
Flowering Period:   January, February, March, December
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana, Shrub-steppes, Desert, Hard rock outcrops
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:   Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Erophila minima,Smallest whitlowgrass, Spring Whitlowgrass, אביבית זעירה


Derivation of the botanical name:
Erophila, er, spring, phileo, I love; spring flower.
minima, smallest.
Draba, from the Greek drabe, sharp or acrid and refers to the burning taste of the leaves.
  • The standard author abbreviation C.A.Meyer is used to indicate Carl Anton von Meyer (1795 – 1855), a Russian botanist and explorer.
    • The standard author abbreviation Steud. is used to indicate Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel (1783 – 1856), a German physician and an authority on grasses.

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