Heliotropium rotundifolium, Round-leaved Heliotrope,
Hebrew: עוקץ-עקרב עגול-עלים, Arabic: رقيب الشمس دائري الأوراق

Scientific name:  Heliotropium rotundifolium Lehm.
Common name:  Round-leaved Heliotrope
Hebrew name:  עוקץ-עקרב עגול-עלים
Arabic name:  رقيب الشمس دائري الأوراق
Family:  Boraginaceae, זיפניים

Heliotropium rotundifolium, Round-leaved Heliotrope, رقيب الشمس دائري الأوراق,עוקץ-עקרב עגול-עלים
Location: Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village - Sea of Galilee

Life form:  Chamaephyte
Stems:  20-33 cm high; pubescent
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, smooth
Inflorescence:  Racemes, at length lax
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite, white
Fruits / pods:  Nutlets minutely tubercled, glabrous
Flowering Period:  April, May, June, July, August, September
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Perennating

Heliotropium rotundifolium, Round-leaved Heliotrope, עוקץ-עקרב עגול-עלים, رقيب الشمس دائري الأوراق
Location: Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village - Sea of Galilee

Derivation of the botanical name:
Heliotropium, Greek helios, sun; trope, turning; meaning sun-turning, referring to the turning of flowers toward the sun.
rotundifolium, rotundus, round, spherical; with round leaves.
The Hebrew name: עוקץ-עקרב, oketz -akrav, scorpion-sting; inflorescence with small flowers somewhat resembling a scorpion sting.
  • The standard author abbreviation Lehm. is used to indicate Johann Georg Christian Lehmann (1792 – 1860), a German botanist.