Scorzonera papposa, Oriental Viper's Grass,
Hebrew: הרדופנין הציצית, Arabic: ربحلة – حبردول – ربحلي

Scientific name:  Scorzonera papposa DC.
Common name:  Oriental Viper's Grass
Hebrew name:   הרדופנין הציצית,
Arabic name:  ربحلة – حبردول – ربحلي
Plant Family:  Compositae / Asteraceae, מורכבים

Scorzonera papposa, Oriental Viper's Grass, ربحلة – حبردول – ربحلي, הרדופנין הציצית
Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  10-40 cm tall, usually branched from base, leafy
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, entire
Inflorescence:  Heads liguliflorous, large, 1–many
Flowers:  Pink
Fruits / pods:  Achenes 6-8 mm long, soft, white hairy
Flowering Period:   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, טיפוס התפוצה:   Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve


Derivation of the botanical name:
Scorzonera, from Old French scorzon, a snake; possibly from the use of its root as a cure for snakebite.
papposa, from the Latin for "with pappus."
  • The standard author abbreviation DC. is used to indicate Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (1778 – 1841), a Swiss botanist.

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Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve