|Scientific name:||Ornithogalum lanceolatum Labill.|
|Common name:||Lance-leaved Star of Bethlehem|
|Hebrew name:||נץ-חלב אזמלני|
|Arabic name:||صاصل سناني|
|Flowering Period:||January, December|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Ornithogalum, ornis ορνισ, ιϑοϛ , a bird, ornith pertaining to birds;galum, milk.
Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778) says, that the roots of this plant are the Dove's dung (seed pods), which was sold so dear during the siege of Samaria, (II Kings 6:25); "which interpretation appears highly probable from the obvious identity of the name ornithogalum (Bird's-milk), and which was applied to this plant by many of the ancient writers, as Dioscorides, Pliny, &c.,and from the circumstance that they are, when boiled, eaten at the present day by the poorer inhabitants of Palestine, where grows in abundance; whence its English name Star of Bethlehem."
lanceolatum, lancea, "lance, spear", atus,"with, shaped, made"; meaning lance shaped.