Lythrum junceum, Lytrum flexuosum, Lythrum graefferi,
False grass-poly, Creeping Loosestrife,
Hebrew: שנית מתפתלת, Arabic: فرندل أسلي

Scientific name:  Lythrum junceum Banks et Solander
Synonym name:  Lythrum flexuosum auct. non Lagasca, Lythrum graefferi Ten.
Common name:  False grass-poly, Creeping Loosestrife
Hebrew name:   שנית מתפתלת
Arabic name:  فرندل أسلي
Family:  Lythraceae, Loosestrife family, כפריים

Israel flowers, Send flowers

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  15-35 cm high; stems 15-75 cm long
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, ellips
Inflorescence:  Axillary, 6-merous
Flowers:  Pink, 4-6 petals; stamens 12
Fruits / pods:  Capsule
Flowering Period:   March, April, May, June, July
Habitat:   Humid habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Lythrum junceum, Lytrum flexuosum, Lythrum graefferi, False grass-poly, Creeping Loosestrife, فرندل أسلي ,שנית מתפתלת


Derivation of the botanical name:
Lythrum, Greek lythron, "blood," from the color of the flowers.
junceum, rush like.
flexuosum, tortuous, zigzag.
graefferi, named for John Graeffer; he is said to have been a German of birth, and to have been a pupil of Philip Miller (1691 – 1771).
  • 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.
  • The standard author abbreviation Lagasca is used to indicate Mariano Lagasca y Segura (1776 – 1839), a Spanish botanist, writer and doctor.
  • The standard author abbreviation Ten. is used to indicate Michele Tenore (1780 – 1861), an Italian botanist