Fumana thymifolia, Clammy Cistus, Arabian Cistus,
Hebrew: לוטמית דביקה, Arabic: ورد الشمس

Scientific name:  Fumana thymifolia (L.) Webb
Common name:  Clammy Cistus, Arabian Cistus
Hebrew name:  לוטמית דביקה
Arabic name:  ورد الشمس
Family:  Cistaceae, לוטמיים

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Life form:   Chamaephyte
Stems:  Up to 20 cm; much-branched; erect or ascending branches
Leaves:  Opposite, entire; lance-shaped to narrow elliptical
Inflorescence:  Raceme-like cymes; 3-9 flowers
Flowers:  lemon-yellow petals; corolla 10-15mm
Fruits / pods:  Capsules 4-5mm
Flowering Period:   March, April, May, June, July
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Fumana thymifolia, Clammy cistus, לוטמית דביקה,Cistaceae, לוטמיים


Derivation of the botanical name:
Fumana, Latin fumus, smoke, presumably referring to the nitrous odor of the roots when pulled from the ground.
thymifolia, ϑυμον, thyme; folius, leaf; leaves like the genus Thymus (thyme).
  • 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 Webb is used to indicate Philip Barker Webb (1793 – 1854), an English botanist.

Fumana arabica, up to 25cm; leaves alternate, ovate- to oblong-lanceolate, stipulate; petals are pale yellow-orange, and the corolla is 20-30mm; capsule 6-8mm.