Lathyrus ochrus, Winged vetchling, Cyprus-vetch,
טופח גדול

Scientific name:  Lathyrus ochrus (L.)DC.
Synonym name:  Pisum ochrus L.
Common name:  Winged vetchling, Cyprus-vetch
Hebrew name:   טופח גדול
Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

Israel, Flowers, Palestine, Botany
Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve

Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Stems:   winged stems reaching 20-70 cm in height
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, pinnate, smooth
Inflorescence:  Solitary or pairs of yellow flowers
Flowers:  Yellow, white
Fruits / pods:  legume, glabrous, two wings on the dorsal suture; each pod with 4-8 seeds
Flowering Period:   February, March, April, May
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:   Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Lathyrus ochrus, Winged vetchling, Cyprus-vetch, טופח גדול
Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve


Derivation of the botanical name:
Lathyrus, Greek lathyros, an old name for pea.
ochrus, ochros, ωχροϛ, pale; pale yellow, ochre.
Pisum, the Latin name for the pea.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation DC is used to indicate Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (1778 – 1841), a Swiss botanist.

Flowers in Israel (Israel wildflowers and native plants)
Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve


Lathyrus ochrus, Winged vetchling, Cyprus-vetch, טופח גדול
Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve


Lathyrus ochrus, Winged vetchling, Cyprus-vetch, טופח גדול
Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve