Ferula hermonis

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Ferula hermonis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Ferula
Species: F. hermonis
Binomial name
Ferula hermonis

Ferula hermonis is a Middle Eastern species of plants in the carrot family native to Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon.[citation needed] The epithet hermonis refers to Mount Hermon on the border between Syria and Lebanon.[1][2]

Common names include Zallouh (Arabic: زلّوع) and Lebanese Viagra. The latter name alludes to the traditional use of the roots of this plant as a purported aphrodisiac.[3][4]


  1. ^ Boissier, Pierre Edmond 1873. Flora Orientalis sive enumeratio plantarum in Oriente a Graecia et Aegypto ad Indiae 2: 985
  2. ^ The International Plant Names Index
  3. ^ Lebanon has its own natural version of Viagra, CNN International, August 12, 1998 
  4. ^ Graham White, National Institute of Medical Herbalists, Ferula hermonis "The Lebanese Viagra" by Stuart FitzSimmons

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