Verbascum berytheum, Verbascum bulbosum, Beiruth Mullein,
Hebrew: בוצין בירותי, Arabic: البوصير البيروتي

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Scientific name:  Verbascum berytheum Boiss.
Scientific name:  Verbascum bulbosum Ehrenb. ex Boiss.
Common name:  Beiruth Mullein
Hebrew name:  בוצין בירותי
Arabic name:  البوصير البيروتي
Family:  Scrophulariaceae, לועניתיים

Verbascum berytheum, Verbascum bulbosum, Beiruth Mullein, בוצין בירותי,  البوصير البيروتي

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  Up to 100cm; covered with simple hairs
Leaves:  Rosette, simple, alternate
Inflorescence:  Terminal racemes
Flowers:  Yellow, short tube, 5-lobed, stamens 4 or 5, filaments villous
Fruits / pods:  Capsule septicidal, numerous seeds
Flowering Period:  April, May
Habitat:  Loam soil in the coastal plain
Distribution:  The Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Verbascum berytheum, Verbascum bulbosum, Beiruth Mullein, בוצין בירותי,  البوصير البيروتي


Derivation of the botanical name:
Verbascum, mullein; corrupted form of barbascum, from the Latin barba (a beard), in allusion to the shaggy foliage; the ancient Latin name for this plant.
berytheum, Beirut, Lebanon.
Mullein from Anglo-French moleine (French moulaine), perhaps literally "the soft-leaved plant," from French mol "soft," from Latin mollis "soft."
Verbascum, mullein in Aramaic is "Botzina (בוצינא)," candle, by the form of the flower.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.
  • The standard author abbreviation Ehrenb. is used to indicate Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795 – 1876), a German naturalist, zoologist, comparative anatomist, geologist, and microscopist.
Verbascum berytheum is an endangered species endemic to loam soil in the coastal plain in Israel and Lebanon.

Verbascum berytheum, Verbascum bulbosum, Beiruth Mullein, בוצין בירותי,  البوصير البيروتي


Verbascum berytheum, Beiruth Mullein, בוצין בירותי,  البوصير البيروتي