Anagyris foetida, Stinking bean trefoil, Mediterranean Stinkbush,
Hebrew: צחנן מבאיש, Arabic: خروب الخنازير , السلمون

Scientific name:  Anagyris foetida L.
Common name:  Mediterranean Stinkbush, Stinking bean trefoil
Hebrew name:   צחנן מבאיש
Arabic name:  خروب الخنازير , السلمون
Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres, زهور,

Life form:  Phanerophyte, shrub
Stems:  1m to 3m. high; stems get lignified to become tough wood
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, trifoliate
Flowers:  Yellow
Fruits / pods:  Flattened legume, dark brown / black; 4-12 seeds per fruit, reniform - broad, kidney-shaped; very hard, smooth surface and posoinous
Flowering Period:   January, February, March, April
Habitat:  Mediterranean maquis and forest
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:   Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Perennating

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Anagyris, αναγυροϛ, a strong smelling shrub with pods; Greek ana 'up, back again, backwards' and gyros 'a ring', referring to the curvature of the pods.
foetida, stinking, bad smelling; unpleasantly scented.
The Hebrew word: צחנן, tzachnan ; זחן, tzachnan, stink; indicates the unpleasant odor from the leaves.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

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Anagyris foetida,Stinking bean trefoil, Mediterranean Stinkbush, צחנן מבאיש ,خروب الخنازير , السلمون,Israel Wildflowers