Anthyllis erinacea L.

Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Anthyllis


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 270 in 1762.

Synonym of Erinacea anthyllis Link (Linn. Typ.)

Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 15 in 1798: This species of Anthyllis has been mentioned under various synonyms by most botanical authors from Clusius downwards. Mr. T. Johnson, in his edition of Gerard of 1633, has given a description of this plant from Clusius, and a cut; both of which are excellent (considering the then infant state of the art of engraving), under the title of Genista spinosa humilis; Dwarf Furze. It is termed Erinacea by Clusius (says he), from the Spanish name of the hedge-hog, Erizo, of which country it is a native, in the kingdom of Valencia: from which we might infer, that, like other plants of that country, it would live through our winters ; which is not the case.

Sources of Information

© 2010-12 Lisa J. Miner