Moluccella laevis, Molucca balm, Shell flower, Bells of Ireland,
Hebrew: בר-גביע חלק

Scientific name:  Moluccella laevis L.
Common name:  Molucca balm, Shell flower, Bells of Ireland
Hebrew name:   בר-גביע חלק
Family:  Labiatae / Lamiaceae, שפתניים

Flora of Israel, send flowers

Life form:   Therophyte, annual
Stems:  Up to 90 cm tall
Leaves:  Opposite, entire, dentate or serrate
Inflorescence:  Inconspicuous; verticillasters, many-flowered
Flowers:  White; calyx conspicuous, cup-shaped, green
Fruits / pods:  Nutlets
Flowering Period:  April, May, June
Habitat:  Cultivated areas
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Moluccella laevis, Molucca balm, Shell flower, Bells of Ireland, בר-גביע חלק


Derivation of the botanical name:
Moluccella, Shell-flower; derivation of the name is uncertain; some say: from the Indonesian Molucca Islands; Umberto Quattrocchi says: "Presumably from an Arabic word meaning "king" or a diminutive of Molucca."
laevis, smooth.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Moluccella laevis, Molucca balm, Shell flower, Bells of Ireland, בר-גביע חלק


Moluccella laevis, Molucca balm, Shell flower, Bells of Ireland, בר-גביע חלק
Location: Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village - Sea of Galilee