Vicia palaestina, Palestine Vetch,
Hebrew: ביקיה ארצישראלית , Arabic: البيقية الفلسطينية

Scientific name:  Vicia palaestina Boiss.
Common name:  Palestine Vetch
Hebrew name:  ביקיה ארצישראלית
Arabic name:  البيقية الفلسطينية
Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

Fleurs sauvages, Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres, زهور,       Vicia palaestina, Palestine Vetch, ביקיה ארצישראלית

Life form:  Annual, climber
Stems:  Erect; pretty bare stem in lower part, branching towards the top
Leaves:  Alternate, compound
Flowers:  Violet
Fruits / pods:  Legume oblong-lanceolate
Flowering Period:  February, March, April, May
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Vicia palaestina, Palestine Vetch, ביקיה ארצישראלית


Derivation of the botanical name:
Vicia, vetch; the classical Latin name for these herbs, perhaps related to vincire to bind.
palaestina, Palestine, Eretz-Israel, Israel.
vetch, late 14c., from Old North French, veche, variant of Old French vece, from Latin vicia.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.