Reseda orientalis, Oriental Mignonette,
Hebrew: רכפה מזרחית, Arabic: البليحاء المشرقية

Scientific name:  Reseda orientalis (Muell.Arg.) Boiss.
Common name:  Oriental Mignonette
Hebrew name:  רכפה מזרחית
Arabic name:  البليحاء المشرقية
Family:  Resedaceae, רכפתיים

Fleurs sauvages, Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres

Life form:   Therophyte, annual
Stems:  Herbaceous, rough, nubby
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, entire, smooth
Flowers:  White petals
Fruits / pods:  3-6 few-seeded follicles; seeds somewhat pendulous
Flowering Period:   January, February, December
Habitat:  Sand
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype, טיפוס התפוצה:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Reseda orientalis, Oriental Mignonette, רכפה מזרחית

Derivation of the botanical name:
Reseda, Latin resedare, "to assuage or calm," because of supposed sedative properties.
orientalis, from the Orient; Eastern.
The Hebrew name: רכפה, richpa, Reseda is mentioned in the Mishnah as one of the plants that produce color: "And the species of dye, poa and richpa".
  • The standard author abbreviation Muell.Arg. is used to indicate Johannes Müller Argoviensis (1828 – 1896), a Swiss botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.

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