Plumbago europaea, European Leadwort,
Hebrew: עופרית אירופית, Arabic: الرصاصية الأوروبية

Scientific name:  Plumbago europaea L.
Common name:  European Leadwort
Hebrew name:  עופרית אירופית
Arabic name:  الرصاصية الأوروبية
Family:  Plumbaginaceae, עפריתיים

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Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Leaves:  Alternate, entire
Flowers:  Pink, violet
Flowering Period:  June, July, August, September, October, November
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:   Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Plumbago europaea, European Leadwort, עופרית אירופית


Derivation of the botanical name:
Plumbago, Latin, plumbum, lead; agere, to resemble; Pliny suggested it was cure for lead poisoning which was a scourge in Roman cities. In France the root is steeped in olive oil by country folk and used to combat dental abscesses; hence the common name Dentallaria.
europaea, European.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Plumbago europaea, European Leadwort, עופרית אירופית