Symphytum brachycalyx, Symphytum palaestinum,
Palestine Comfrey, סינפיטון ארץ ישראלי

Scientific name:  Symphytum brachycalyx Boiss.
Synonym name:  Symphytum palaestinum Boiss.
Common name:  Palestine Comfrey
Hebrew name:  סינפיטון ארץ ישראלי
Family:  Boraginaceae, זיפניים

Israel native plants

Life form:   Hemicryptophyte
Leaves:  Alternate, entire
Flowers:  White
Flowering Period:   March, April
Habitat:  Mediterranean maquis and forest
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Symphytum brachycalyx, Symphytum palaestinum, Palestine Comfrey, סינפיטון ארצישראלי


Derivation of the botanical name:
Symphytum, Greek sympho, to grow together; phyton, plant; symphyton used by Dioscorides for the plant called comfrey which was reputed to heal wounds.
brachycalyx, brachys βραχυϛ, short, little; calyx καλυξ, husk, covering, calyx; short calyx.
palaestinum, from Palestine.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885),a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.

Flora of Israel online, Native plants, Palestine


Flora of Israel online, Native plants, Palestine