Urginea undulata, Drimia undulata, Undulate Sea Squill,
Undulated Sea Onion, Hebrew: חצב גלוני, Arabic: عنصل متموج

Scientific name:  Urginea undulata (Desf.) Steinh.
Synonym name:  Drimia undulata Stearn.
Common name:  Undulate Sea Squill, Undulated Sea Onion
Hebrew name:  חצב גלוני
Arabic name:  عنصل متموج
Family:  Liliaceae, Lily family, שושניים

Urginea undulata, Drimia undulata, Undulate Sea Squill, Undulated Sea Onion, חצב גלוני, عنصل متموج

Life form:  Geophyte
Stems:  20-50 cm
Leaves:  Basal rosette, linear-oblong, undulate-sinuate, appearing after flowers
Inflorescence:  8 to 30-flowered raceme
Flowers:  Purple, greenish purple, Perianth-segments with a reddish mid-vein; style longer than stamens
Fruits / pods:  Capsule three-sided, numerous seeds, flattened, winged
Flowering Period:  August, September (stunning foliage in February)
Habitat:  Shrub-steppes
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts
Chorotype:  Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral


Derivation of the botanical name:
Urginea, named for an Arabian tribe in Algeria, known as Ben Urgin.
undulata, waved, wavy. br>Drimia, Greek δριμύς, -εῖα, -ύ (adj). = acrid, pungent, referring to the bulbs which can irritate the skin.
  • The standard author abbreviation Desf. is used to indicate René Louiche Desfontaines (1750 – 1833), a French botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Steinh. is used to indicate Adolp[e] Steinheil (1810 - 1839), an Alsatian (Alsace region of France) botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Stearn is used to indicate William Thomas Stearn (1911 – 2001)), a Swedish botanist, a British botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.