Linaria joppensis, Jaffa Toadflax,
Hebrew: פשתנית יפו, Arabic: الكتانية اليافاوية

Scientific name:  Linaria joppensis Bornm.
Common name:   Jaffa Toadflax
Hebrew name:   פשתנית יפו
Arabic name:  الكتانية اليافاوية
Family:  Scrophulariaceae, לועניתיים

Bloemen in Israel, Wilde Bloemen

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  15-30 cm high; erect, glandular-pubescent in inflorescence, glabrous below; fertile stems 1-3, 5-34 mm, simple or sparingly branched
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, linear-oblong
Inflorescence:  Spike, terminal, 3-20 flowers, dense in fiower
Flowers:  sepals 5, corolla 5-lobed, 2 lipped (adaxial lip sinus 1.5-2 mm; abaxial lip sinus 1.5-2 mm); stamens 4, in 2 pairs
Fruits / pods:  Capsule, oblong-ovoid, glabrous
Flowering Period:  March, April
Habitat:  Sand
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Shrub-steppes
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Linaria joppensis, Jaffa Toadflax, פשתנית יפו

Derivation of the botanical name:
Linaria, Greek linum, flax; referring to the flax-like leaves.
joppensis, from Jaffo.
The Hebrew name: פשתנית, pishtanit, (New Hebrew) Linaria; formed from פשתן ( =flax, linen), with suffix -it; Properly, loan translation of the scientific name Linaria, which derives from linum (= flax, linen), and was so called in allusion to its resemblance to flax.
  • The standard author abbreviation Bornm. is used to indicate Joseph Friedrich Nicolaus Bornmüller (1862 – 1948), a German botanist.

Linaria joppensis, Jaffa Toadflax, פשתנית יפו