Plantago afra, Plantago psyllium, African plantain, Black psyllium,
Flea-seed plant, Fleawort, Glandular Plantain,
Hebrew: לחך בלוטי, Arabic: لسان الحمل الإفريقي

Scientific name:  Plantago afra L.
Synonym name:  Plantago psyllium L.
Common name:  African plantain, Black psyllium, Flea-seed plant, Fleawort, Glandular Plantain
Hebrew name:   לחך בלוטי
Arabic name:   لسان الحمل الإفريقي
Family:  Plantaginaceae, Plantain Family, לחכיים

Plantago afra, Plantago psyllium,African plantain, Black psyllium, Flea-seed plant, Fleawort, Glandular Plantain, لسان الحمل الإفريقي , לחך בלוטי
Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve

Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Leaves:  Opposite, entire, smooth
Flowers:  White
Flowering Period:  January, February, March, April, May
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral
Protected Flower, צמח מוגן:  No

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Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve


Derivation of the botanical name:
Plantago, plantagin (stem), a "plantain".
afra, Afer, a son of the Libyan Hercules, land of Afer, i.e. Africa; from the North African coast.
psyllium, Greek psylla, a flea, and psyllion, a kind of plant, fleawort, from the plant's use against fleas.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

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Location: Irises Dora Rainpool