Linum pubescens, Hairy Pink Flax,
Hebrew: פשתה שעירה, Arabic: آتان زهري

Scientific name:  Linum pubescens Banks et Solander
Common name:  Hairy Pink Flax
Hebrew name:  פשתה שעירה
Arabic name:   آتان زهري
Family:  Linaceae, פשתיים

Wilde Bloemen in Israel, Linum pubescens, Hairy Pink Flax, آتان زهري, פשתה שעירה

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  Up to 20cm or more in height; 1-2 erect stems per plant
Leaves:  Alternate, entire; lanceolate, up to 2cm in length
Inflorescence:  A cyme
Flowers:  Pink flowers 1.5-2cm in diameter; petals twice as long as sepals
Fruits / pods:  Capsule, subglobose
Flowering Period:   February, March
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Linum pubescens, Hairy Pink Flax, آتان زهري, פשתה שעירה


Derivation of the botanical name:
Linum , the Latin name for flax.
pubescens, to reach puberty, become pubescent; becoming hairy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Banks is used to indicate Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820), a British naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences.
  • The standard author abbreviation Solander is used to indicate Daniel Solander (1733 – 1782), a Swedish botanist.

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Linum pubescens, Hairy Pink Flax, آتان زهري, פשתה שעירה