Silene colorata, Cloven-Petalled Campion,
Hebrew: ציפורנית מגוונת, Arabic: سيلينية ملونة

Scientific name:  Silene colorata Poir.
Common name:  Cloven-Petalled Campion
Hebrew name:   ציפורנית מגוונת
Arabic name:  سيلينية ملونة
Family:  Caryophyllaceae, ציפורניים

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Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Stems:  10-50 cm, decumbent to erect, branched; whole plant pubescent ir puberulent
Leaves:  Opposite, entire, linear to ovate-spathulate
Inflorescence:  Few-flowered
Flowers:  Calyx 11-13mm, cylindrical, becoming broadly clavate in fruit; teeth ovate, obtuse, densely ciliate; petal-limb 5-9mm, pink, white
Fruits / pods:  Capsule ovoid; seeds 1-1.5mm, dark brown
Flowering Period:   February, March, April
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana, Shrub-steppes
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Silene colorata, Cloven-Petalled Campion, ציפרנית מגוונת, سيلينية ملونة

Derivation of the botanical name:
Silene, probably from Greek sialon, "saliva," referring to gummy exudation on stems, and/or named for Silenus, intoxicated foster-father of Bacchus (god of wine) who was covered with foam, much like the glandular secretions of many species of this genus.
colorata, colored.
The Hebrew name: צפרנית, tsipornit, from ציפורן, tsiporen (Dianthus).
  • The standard author abbreviation Poir. is used to indicate Jean Louis Marie Poiret (1755 – 1834), a French clergyman, botanist and explorer.

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