Senecio vernalis, Senecio leucanthemifolius,
Eastern groundsel, Spring Groundsel,
Hebrew: סביון אביבי, Arabic: بيسوم

Scientific name:  Senecio vernalis Waldst. et Kit.
Synonym name:  Senecio leucanthemifolius Poir.
Common name:  Spring Groundsel, Eastern groundsel
Hebrew name:  סביון אביבי
Arabic name:  بيسوم
Family:  Compositae / Asteraceae, מורכבים

The WildFlowers of Israel, Send Flowers

Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Stems:  15-30 cm, upright, with erect standing branches; young plants covered in tangled hairs (arachnoid)
Leaves:  Alternate, dissected once, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  Yellow
Fruits / pods:  Achenes; rod-like, lengthwise ribbed, yellow to light brown, with silver-white hair and a white pappus
Flowering Period:  January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana, Disturbed habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Senecio vernalis, Senecio leucanthemifolius, Eastern groundsel, Spring Groundsel, סביון אביבי


Derivation of the botanical name:
Senecio, from senex, old man, referring to the gray hairs on the seeds.
vernalis, of or belonging to spring.
leucanthemifolius, leucos, λευκοϛ, bright, brilliant, clear, white, pale; anthem, ανϑεμον,flower; white flowered. With leaves like Leucanthemum.
  • The standard author abbreviation Waldst. is used to indicate Franz de Paula Adam von Waldstein (175– 1823) , an Austrian soldier, explorer and naturalist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Kit is used to indicate Pál Kitaibel (1757 – 1817),a Hungarian botanist and chemist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Poir. is used to indicate Jean Louis Marie Poiret (1755 – 1834), a French clergyman, botanist and explorer.

Israel wildflowers and native plants


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Senecio vernalis, Senecio leucanthemifolius, Eastern groundsel, Spring Groundsel, סביון אביבי