Paronychia argentea, Silver nailroot, Silvery Whitlow Wort,
Hebrew: אלמוות הכסף, Arabic: رجل الحمامة

Scientific name:  Paronychia argentea Lam.
Common name:  Silver nailroot, Silvery Whitlow Wort
Hebrew name:   אלמוות הכסף
Arabic name:   رجل الحمامة
Family:  Caryophyllaceae, ציפורניים

Paronychia argentea, Silver nailroot, Silvery Whitlow Wort, אלמוות הכסף  رجل الحمامة

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  stems 15-30cm, usually creeping, much branched, mat forming
Leaves:  Opposite, ovate-lanceolate; entire margins
Flowers:  Inflorescence, cyme; 5 White, yellow petals
Fruits / pods:  Achenes
Flowering Period:   January, February, March, April
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Paronychia argentea, Silver nailroot, Silvery Whitlow Wort, אלמוות הכסף  رجل الحمامة


Derivation of the botanical name:
Paronychia, Greek, para, by the side of, near; onyx, nail; "a whitlow," a painful abscess on the side of the nail at the end of a finger or toe. One of the common names for Paronychia is whitlow-wort, an herb thought to be a cure for whitlow.
argentea, silvery.
  • The standard author abbreviation Lam. is used to indicate Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744 – 1829), a French soldier, naturalist, academic.

Paronychia argentea, Silver nailroot, Silvery Whitlow Wort, אלמוות הכסף  رجل الحمامة