Lathyrus marmoratus, Vetchling,
Hebrew: טופח נאה, Arabic: جلبان

Scientific name:  Lathyrus marmoratus Boiss. et Blanche
Common name:  Vetchling
Hebrew name:  טופח נאה
Arabic name:  جلبان
Plant Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

Flowers  of the Holy Land

Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Stems:  Climbing or straggling
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, pinnate
Flowers:  Pink, violet
Fruits / pods:  Legumes
Flowering Period:  February, March, April
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Lathyrus marmoratus, Vetchling, טופח נאה

Derivation of the botanical name:
Lathyrus, Greek lathyros, an old name for pea.
marmoratus, marbled, irregular striped or veined, mottled.
The Hebrew name: טופח, tophakh, Lathyrus.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.
  • The standard author abbreviation Blanche is used to indicate Charles Isidore Blanche (1823 – 1887), a Frenchman, who collected plants in Syria.

Lathyrus marmoratus, Vetchling, טופח נאה