Onobrychis crista-galli, Cock's comb, Cock's head, Medick vetch,
Hebrew: כרבולת התרנגול, Arabic: ضرس العجوز

Scientific name:  Onobrychis crista-galli(L.) Lam.
Common name:  Cock's comb, Cock's head, Medick vetch
Hebrew name:  כרבולת התרנגול
Arabic name:  ضرس العجوز
Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

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Life form:  Annual
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, pinnate
Inflorescence:  Axillary racemes
Flowers:  Pink, calyx-teeth 4-5 times as long as tube; corolla 7-8mm
Flowering Period:   February, March, April, May
Habitat:   Shrub-steppes, Desert
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:   Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Onobrychis crista-galli, Cock's comb, Cock's head, Medick vetch, כרבולת התרנגול, ضرس العجوز


Derivation of the botanical name:
Onobrychis, Greek onos, an ass; brycho, to bray. Asses are said to bray for it.
crista-galli, crista,crest, top-not, comb, plume; gallus, cock, rooster; cock's comb.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Lam. is used to indicate Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744 – 1829), a French botanist and invertebrate zoologist.