Alcea dissecta, Althaea dissecta, Hollyhock,
Hebrew: חטמית קרחת , Arabic: الخطمية المقطعة

Scientific name:  Alcea dissecta (Baker) Zohary
Synonym name:  Althaea dissecta Baker
Common name:  Hollyhock
Hebrew name:   חטמית קרחת
Arabic name:  الخطمية المقطعة
Plant Family:  Malvaceae, חלמיתיים

wildflowers, Israel, Fleurs sauvages, Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres, زهور

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  2-3m high; hairless stem or a few short tight hairs
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  Pink, Violet
Fruits:  Seed-vessel composed of many carpels
Flowering Period:   April, May, June, July
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perennating

Alcea dissecta, Althaea dissecta, Hollyhock,الخطمية المقطعة , חטמית קרחת

Derivation of the botanical name:
Alcea, alkaia, αλκεα (Greek), according to Dioscorides: a kind of mallow; a poisonous plant.
dissecta, dis, "between, away from"; sect, "to cut, cut off, cut up; divide, separate"; dissected, deeply divided or cut into numerous segments.
The Hebrew word: חוטמית, chotmit from the “staminal column” or “stamen tube” arising from the centre of the flower, reminiscent of a snout and originates from the name in Arabic, Khatima.
  • The standard author abbreviation Baker is used to indicate John Gilbert Baker (1834 – 1920), an English botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Zohary is used to indicate Michael Zohary (1898 – 1983), a pioneering Israeli botanist
Bible resources:
  1. Job 6:6
    Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?
    I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.

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