|Scientific name:||Ochradenus baccatus Delile|
|Common name:||Taily Weed|
|Hebrew name:||רכפתן מדברי|
|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|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Ochradenus, ochros ωχροϛ , pale yellow, yellow ochre; aden, gland.
baccatus, bacca, berry; adorned with berries.
The Hebrew name: רכפתן, rikhptan, derivated from רכפה, rikhpa, a plant used for dyeing, probably identical with the weld, or mignonette.