|Scientific name:||Scandix verna O.Cohen|
|Synonym name:||Scandix iberica M. Bieb|
|Common name:||Shepherd's needle, Venus Comb|
|Hebrew name:||מסרק מזרחי,מסרק איברי|
|Arabic name:||مش الراعي|
|Family:||Umbelliferae / Apiaceae, סוככים|
|Life form:||Therophyte, annual|
|Stems:||15-30 cm; branching, erect, or spreading, hairy|
|Leaves:||Alternate, dissected, bipinnate or more|
|Inflorescence:||Terminal, compound umbel of 3-9 rays|
|Flowers:||White; style 5-7 times longer than widht of stylopodium; a few large outer petals|
|Fruits / pods:||Very elongated fruit, fruit tip (remnants of the flower's pistil) divided in two|
|Flowering Period:||March, April|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands|
|Chorotype:||Med - Irano-Turanian|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Scandix, Greek skandix or skandikos which was used by Aristophanes (ca.456 – ca.386 BCE) and Theophrastus (370 — ca.285 BCE), to chervil, which later became the Latin scandix.
verna, of or belonging to spring.
iberica, of Spain.
The Hebrew name: מסרק, masrek, New Hebrew, Venus’ comb, Scandix; from מסרק compare the English name ‘Venus’ comb’.