Stachys palaestina, Palestine woundwort,
Hebrew: אשבל ארץ-ישראלי, Arabic: البطنج الفلسطيني

Scientific name:  Stachys palaestina L.
Common name:  Palestine woundwort
Hebrew name:  אשבל ארץ-ישראלי
Arabic name:  البطنج الفلسطيني
Family:  Labiatae / Lamiaceae, שפתניים

Stachys palaestina, Palestine woundwort, البطنج الفلسطيني ,אשבל ארץ-ישראלי
Location: Mount Carmel

Life form:  Chamaephyte
Stems:  Flowers clustered in the axils of the leaves on the upper part of the stem
Leaves:  Opposite, triangular leaves, serrate margins
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite, a cymose inflorescence in terminal spike; white, pink
Fruits / pods:  Homogeneous seeds-fruits; nutlets
Flowering Period:  April, May, June, July, August, September
Habitat:  Hard rock outcrops
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perennating

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Location: Mount Carmel

Derivation of the botanical name:
Stachys, Greek, a spike, relating to a spike.
palaestina, of or from Palestine.
The Hebrew name: אשבל, eshbol, a blend of אשכול, eshkol (=cluster), and שבולת, shibolet (=ear of corn).
  • 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 palaestina, Palestine woundwort, אשבל ארץ-ישראלי
Location: Mount Carmel

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Location: Mount Carmel