Gagea dayana, Stolonous Gold-crocus,
Hebrew: זהבית שרונית

Scientific name:  Gagea dayana Chodat & Beauverd
Common name:  Stolonous Gold-crocus
Hebrew name:   זהבית שרונית
Family:  Liliaceae, שושניים

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Life form:  Geophyte
Stems:  5-25 cm tall; additional normal roots, wide roots emerge from one side, and engulf the entire bulb
Leaves:  Rosette, entire, linear, smooth
Inflorescence:  Racemose, or a solitary flower
Flowers:  Yellow, green stripe on reverse of petals and sepals
Fruits / pods:  Capsule, ellipse
Flowering Period:  January, February
Habitat:  Sandy areas near coast and Negev Desert
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes
Chorotype:   Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Gagea, named for Sir Thomas Gage (1761 - 1820), Hengrave Hall, Suffolk, who botanized in Ireland and Portugal.
dayana, for John Day (1824 - 1888), collector of orchids in India, Ceylon and Brazil.
  • The standard author abbreviation Chodat is used to indicate Robert Hippolyte Chodat (1865 – 1934), a Swiss botanist and phycologist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Beauverd is used to indicate Gustave Beauverd (1867 – 1942), a Swiss botanist, specializing in Pteridophytes, Bryophytes, and Spermatophytes.

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