Ziziphus lotus

Ziziphus lotus

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Rosales
Familia: Rhamnaceae
Genus: Ziziphus
Species: Ziziphus lotus

Name

Ziziphus lotus (L.) Lam.

Vernacular name

Ελληνικά, Κυπριακά: Καλακατζιά, Κονναρκά, Κουμαρκά, Κουνναπιά, Παλλούρα
Türkçe: Yabani hünnap

Ziziphus lotus is a deciduous shrub in the buckthorn family Rhamnaceae, native to the Mediterranean region, including the Sahara in Morocco.

It can reach a height of 2–5 m, with shiny green leaves about 5 cm long. The edible fruit is a globose dark yellow drupe 1-1.5 cm diameter called a nabk. Common names in Arabic are sidr , rubeida ("after its crouch-shaped treetop"), nbeg in Tunisia and annab in Lebanon.[1]

It is closely related to Ziziphus zizyphus (Jujube), and is often regarded as the Lotus tree of Greek mythology.[2]
See also

* Lotophagi

References

1. ^ Amots Dafni, Shay Levy, Efraim Lev (2005). "The ethnobotany of Christ's Thorn Jujube (Ziziphus spina-christi) in Israel". Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 1 (8): 8. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-1-8. PMID 16270941. http://www.ethnobiomed.com/content/1/1/8. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
2. ^ Herodotus, Histories, Book IV, 177.

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