Phyla nodiflora, Lippia nodiflora, Turkey tangle fogfruit, Lippia, Turtle grass,
Hebrew: ליפיה זוחלת, Arabic: النجيل الصيني

Scientific name:  Phyla nodiflora (L.) Greene
Synonym name:  Lippia nodiflora (L.) Michaux
Common name:  Turkey tangle fogfruit, lippia, Turtle grass
Hebrew name:  ליפיה זוחלת
Arabic name:  النجيل الصيني
Egypt:  "Lebbia"
Family:  Verbenaceae, ורבניים

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Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  Procumbent, non-flowering stems rooting at the nodes; ascending flowering stems 10-30cm
Leaves:  Opposite, entire, obovate to oblanceolate, tapering into a cuneate base, margins serrate to the acute apex
Inflorescence:  Short, stout axillary spikes 5-7mm in diameter; peduncles much exceeding the subtending leaves
Flowers:  Calyx deeply lobed; corolla white, later becoming pale pinkish, slightly pubescent, corolla-lobes unequal
Fruits / pods:  2 1-seeded nutlets, ovoid, smooth
Flowering Period:   April, May, June, July, August, September
Habitat:  Humid habitats
Distribution:   Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Tropical - Med - Euro-Siberian
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Phyla nodiflora, Lippia nodiflora, Turkey tangle fogfruit, lippia, Turtle grass, النجيل الصيني ,ליפיה זוחלת


Derivation of the botanical name:
Phyla, Greek phyle, φυλαί phylai, the clan-based voting groups in Greek city-states, a tribe; probably from the flowers being tightly clustered in heads.
nodiflora, nodus, a knot; florus, to bloom, to flower; flowers from nodes.
Lippia, named after Augustus Lippi (1678 - 1701), an Italian naturalist and botanist. He was killed in Abyssinia.
  • 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 Greene is used to indicate Edward Lee Greene (1843 – 1915), an American botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Michaux is used to indicate André Michaux (1746 – 1803), a French botanist and explorer.

Phyla nodiflora, Lippia nodiflora, Turkey tangle fogfruit, lippia, Turtle grass, النجيل الصيني ,ליפיה זוחלת