Valerianella vesicaria, Valerianella locusta var. vesicaria,
Bladder Corn Salad,
Hebrew: ולריינית משולחפת, Arabic: خَسّ النَّعْجَة

Scientific name:  Valerianella vesicaria (L.) Moench
Synonym name:  Valerianella locusta var. vesicaria L.
Common name:  Bladder Corn Salad
Hebrew name:  ולריינית משולחפת
Hebrew name:  خَسّ النَّعْجَة
Family:  Valerianaceae, ולריניים


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Life form:  Annual
Stems:  5-10cm; hairy; tufted spreading
Leaves:  Opposite
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite; symmetrical cyme; 6 yellow, green sepals; corolla tubular, 5 white, lilac petals
Fruits / pods:  Swollen hairy achene; dense clusters, with 3 loculi among which only one is fertile
Flowering Period:  March, April
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  The Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Valerianella vesicaria,  Bladder Corn Salad, ולריינית משולחפת


Derivation of the botanical name:
Valerianella, Diminitive of Valeriana, from the resemblance to Valeriana of these herbs; valere, "to be healthy"
vesicaria, vesica, a bladder; bladder-like; from the inflated pods following the flowers on these herbs.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Moench is used to indicate Conrad Moench (1744 – 1805), a German botanist.

Israel, Flowers, Wildflowers, Flora


Israel, Flowers, Wildflowers, Flora