Ochradenus baccatus, Taily Weed,
Hebrew: רכפתן מדברי Arabic: العلندر

Scientific name:  Ochradenus baccatus Delile
Common name:  Taily Weed
Hebrew name:  רכפתן מדברי
Arabic name:  العلندر
Family:  Resedaceae, רכפתיים

Flowers in Israel, send flowers

Life form:  Phanerophyte shrub
Stems:  Branches slender, greenish yellow when mature.
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, linear, acute
Inflorescence:  In dense terminal and rigid racemes 5-15 cm long; bract c. 2.5 mm long, oblong;pedicel 1 mm long, slightly longer in fruit
Flowers:  Yellowish green, bisexual flowers; sepals 5(-6), ovate, 1 mm long; petals absent or 2-3, less than 1 mm long, subulate; appendage more or less suborbiculate; disc fleshy, surrounding the filaments and ovary; stamens 10-12; filaments 1-2 mm long, fused at the base, deciduous; female flowers: Petals absent or reduced. Ovary glabrous; staminodes present
Fruits / pods:  Berry 3-5 mm broad, white. rugose seeds c. 1.5 mm long, reniform, brown, papillose; fruit is sweet and edible
Flowering Period:  January, February, March, April, May, December
Habitat:  Thermophilous plants
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:   Sudanian-African
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Ochradenus baccatus, Taily Weed, ריכפתן מדברי


Derivation of the botanical name:
Ochradenus, ochros ωχροϛ , pale yellow, yellow ochre; aden, gland.
baccatus, bacca, berry; adorned with berries.
  • The standard author abbreviation Delile is used to indicate Alire Raffeneau Delile (1778 – 1850),a French botanist.

Ochradenus baccatus, Taily Weed, ריכפתן מדברי


Ochradenus baccatus, Taily Weed, ריכפתן מדברי