Stachys arabica, Stachys macrosperma, Arabian Woundwort,
Hebrew: אשבל ערבי, Arabic: البطنج العربي

Scientific name:  Stachys arabica Hornem.
Synonym name:  Stachys macrosperma Boiss.
Common name:  Arabian Woundwort
Hebrew name:  אשבל ערבי
Arabic name:  البطنج العربي
Family:   Labiatae / Lamiaceae, שפתניים

Stachys arabica, Stachys macrosperma, Arabian Woundwort, אשבל ערבי

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  40-80 cm high
Leaves:  Opposite, rosette; Entire; dentate or serrate margin
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite; Lilach corolla 5-lobed with the top lobe forming a 'hood'; calyx 15 mm long; corolla 20-25 mm long
Fruits / pods:  Nutlets ovoid to oblong, glabrous or rarely pubescent
Flowering Period:  March, April, May
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Stachys arabica, Stachys macrosperma, Arabian Woundwort, אשבל ערבי


Derivation of the botanical name:
Stachys, Greek, a spike, relating to a spike.
arabica, of Arabia.
macrosperma, macros μακροϛ, long; tall, high, deep, far; sperma σπερμα, seed, germ; large seed.
  • The standard author abbreviation Hornem. is used to indicate Jens Wilken Hornemann (1770 – 1841), a Danish botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.

Stachys arabica, Stachys macrosperma, Arabian Woundwort, אשבל ערבי


Stachys arabica, Stachys macrosperma, Arabian Woundwort, אשבל ערבי