Veronica cymbalaria, Cymbalaria speedwell, Pale Speedwell,
Hebrew: ורוניקה לבנה, Arabic: زهرة الحواشي المفلوعة

Scientific name:  Veronica cymbalaria Bodard
Common name:  Cymbalaria speedwell, Pale Speedwell
Hebrew name:  ורוניקה לבנה
Arabic name:  زهرة الحواشي المفلوعة
Español:  Verónica
Plant Family:  Scrophulariaceae, Figwort Family, לועניתיים

Native plants of Palestine

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  8-15 cm; stem hairy, very branched
Leaves:  Simple
Flowers:  Flower solitary on axillary peduncles longer than the leaf; corolla 6-10 mm; with 4 White petals, fused in tube at the base; calyx 3-4 mm, partly fused, very hairy, blunt, ciliate sepals;
Fruits / pods:  Capsule ciliate, fruiting pedicel very long, 2-4 seeded
Flowering Period:  January, February, March, April
Habitat:  Mediterranean maquis and forest, Batha, Phrygana, Disturbed habitats
Distribution:   The Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Veronica cymbalaria, Cymbalaria speedwell, ורוניקה לבנה


Derivation of the botanical name:
Veronica, named for the woman who took her veil, or a linen cloth, and wiped the sweat from the face of Jesus as he was bearing his cross to Calvary, and so named because the markings on some species supposedly resemble those on her sacred handkerchief.
cymbalaria; cymbalum, κυμβαλον, cymbal; cymbal like, referring to the rounded leaf shapes.
  • The standard author abbreviation Bodard is used to indicate Marcel J. Bodard 1927 - 1988, a plant collector in Tropical Africa: Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal.
Veronica cymbalaria is easily distinguishable from Veronica panormitana, whose flowers are smaller and its capsules are without hair.

Native plants of Israel


Native plants of Palestine