|Scientific name:||Ornithogalum trichophyllum Boiss. et Heldr.|
|Common name:||Fine-Leaved Star-of-Bethlehem|
|Hebrew name:||נץ-חלב דק-עלים|
|Arabic name:||صاصل صوفي الأوراق|
|Flowering Period:||January, February, December|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts|
|Chorotype:||Irano-Turanian - Saharo-Arabian|
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."
trichophyllum, thrix ϑριξ, τριχοϛ, hair, wool, bristle; phyllon φυλλον, leaf; foliage; hairy leaves.