Anchusa aggregata, Hormuzakia aggregata, Massed Alkanet,
Hebrew: לשון-שור מגובבת, Arabic: لسان الثور

Scientific name:  Anchusa aggregata Lehm.
Synonym name:  Hormuzakia aggregata (Lehm.) Gus., Anchusa humilis (Desf.) I.M.Johnst.
Common name:  Massed Alkanet
Hebrew name:  לשון-שור מגובבת
Arabic name:  لسان الثور
Family:  Boraginaceae, זיפניים

פרחים וצמחי בר: הורמוצקיה מגובבת

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  10-50 cm, ascending, branched; densely hispid with long, white, mostly tubercle-based setae
Leaves:  Alternate, linear-lanceolate, entire
Flowers:  Dark blue, violet
Fruits / pods:  Nutlets, 3x4mm, hemispherical
Flowering Period:   January, February, March, April
Habitat:  Sand
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Anchusa aggregata, Hormuzakia aggregata, Massed Alkanet, לשון-פר מגובבת
Derivation of the botanical name:
Hormuzakia, named for Constantin Freiherr von Hormuzaki (Czernowitz, Ukraine).
Anchusa, αγχουσα, a plant used for cosmetic as a rouge.
aggregata, to attach to, connect with; to bring together, collect, gather; meaning: clustered, joined together.
humilis, low-growing.
  • The standard author abbreviation Lehm. is used to indicate Johann Georg Christian Lehmann (1792 – 1860), a German botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Gusul. is used to indicate Mikail Gusuleac (1887-1960), a Romainian botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Desf. is used to indicate René Louiche Desfontaines (1750 – 1833), a French botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation I.M.Johnst. is used to indicate Ivan Murray Johnston (1898 – 1960), a United States botanist.
The roots of Anchusa contain anchusin (or alkanet-red ), a red-brown resinoid coloring matter. It is insoluble in water, but soluble in alcohol, chloroform and ether.

Anchusa aggregata, Hormuzakia aggregata, Massed Alkanet, לשון-פר מגובבת


Anchusa aggregata, Hormuzakia aggregata, Massed Alkanet, לשון-פר מגובבת