Stachys arvensis, Glechoma arvensis,
Annual hedge nettle, field hedge nettle, staggerweed,
Hebrew: אשבל השדה, Arabic: البطنج البري

Scientific name:  Stachys arvensis (L.) L.
Synonym name:  Glechoma arvensis L.
Common name:  Annual hedge nettle, field hedge nettle, staggerweed
Hebrew name:  אשבל השדה
Arabic name:  البطنج البري
Plant Family:  Labiatae / Lamiaceae, שפתניים

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Life form:  Annual
Stems:  To 25 cm high; at first erect but drooping with age with the tips bent upwards, weak, soft, branching; squared in cross-section; rough hairs
Leaves:  Opposite, entire, dentate or serrate, no stipule
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite, white, corolla white or pale pink
Fruits / pods:  Nutlets brown, ovoid, ca. 1.5 mm
Flowering Period:  March, April
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Med - Euro-Siberian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Stachys, Greek, a spike, relating to a spike.
arvensis, arvum, field, cultivated land, plowed land; of cultvated fields.
Glechoma from the Greek γληχων glechon, an old name for mint or thyme.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Stachys arvensis, Glechoma arvensis, Annual hedge nettle, field hedge nettle, staggerweed, אשבל השדה