Ammi majus, Bishop's weed, Queen Anne's lace, Ammee,
Hebrew: אמיתה גדולה, Arabic: خله شيطاني

Scientific name:  Ammi majus L.
Common name:  Bishop's weed, Queen Anne's lace, Ammee
Hebrew name:  אמיתה גדולה
Arabic name:  خله شيطاني "Khilla Shitani"
Family:  Umbelliferae / Apiaceae, סוככיים

Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres, زهور,

Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Stems:  90–150 cm high with striated subglaucous stems
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, dissected, dentate or serrate
Inflorescence:  Umbels compound, scabrous; peduncle 8-14cm; rays 20-60, 2-7cm, slender; pedicels 1-10mm
Flowers:  Calyx lobes minute; petals wide, white, tips 2-lobed
Fruits / pods:  Fruit laterally compressed, oblong, mericarps of the cremocarp separated by a carpophore; seed small, pendulous, albuminous
Flowering Period:   March, April, May, June, July, August, September
Habitat:   Cultivated areas, roadsides, field margins
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Ammi majus, Bishop's weed, Queen Anne's lace, Ammee,خله شيطاني ,אמיתה גדולה


Derivation of the botanical name:
Ammi (Dioscorides), from the Greek term ammos meaning “sand” and refers to the plant’s habitat.
majus, bigger, larger.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Ammi majus, Bishop's weed, Queen Anne's lace, Ammee,خله شيطاني ,אמיתה גדולה


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