Lupinus palaestinus, Palestine Lupine,
Hebrew: תורמוס ארץ-ישראלי, Arabic: الترمس الفلسطيني

Scientific name:  Lupinus palaestinus Boiss.
Common name:   Palestine Lupine
Hebrew name:   תורמוס ארץ-ישראלי
Arabic name:  الترمس الفلسطيني
Plant Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

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Life form:  Annual
Stems:  Up to 124cm high (the tallest of the Lupinus plants), always pubescent, sparsely sericeous
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, digitate (shaped like a spread hand)
Inflorescence:  Raceme 26 cm (longest inflorescence)
Flowers:   Light blue, lilach, white
Fruits / Pods:  Legume 70-160 x 10-20 mm, 3 - 6 seeded
Flowering Period:  February, March, April
Habitat:  Sand
Distribution:  The Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Lupinus, Latin lupus, "wolf," alluding to the belief that these plants destroyed the fertility of the soil, which is the oppposite of the truth; the seeds are eaten in eastern Mediterranean countries.
palaestinus, from Palestine.
The Hebrew name: תורמוס, turmos, from Greek: thermos (= Lupinus albus), which is probably identical with thermos (= warm, hot), which is related to therme (=heat).
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.

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Lupinus palaestinus, Palestine Lupine, תורמוס ארץ-ישראלי,الترمس الفلسطيني