Eryngium creticum

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Eryngium creticum Lam.

Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

  • Cretan Eryngo
  • Field Eryngo
  • qursa'anneh قرصعنة
  • shirsh el-qursa'anneh شرش القرصعنة
  • shok el-'arqubani شوك العرقباني
  • kharkhavina makhekhila
  • חַרְחֲבִינָה מַכְחִילָה


  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Eryngium creticum Lam.

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used



Decoct roots & drink x1 cup mornings for 1 mth.

Root B
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Protein in urine


Decoct fruit & drink.

Fruit Z
Oral Health

Bad breath (refreshes)

Mouth wash

Chew fruits including seeds.

Fruit, Seed Z
Venoms, Bites & Stings

Scorpion sting / snake bite (See NOTES)


Scorpion sting: 1. Decoct root in water & apply decoction over sting.
2.Decoct fruit & drink Snake bite:
3. Decoct fruit & drink

Root Z

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Z recounts how the use of this plant for snake bites is based on the following story provided by those interviewed : "It`s known when a snake attacks a lizard the lizard hurrys to eat the fruit of the "Kurdaani" (qursa'anneh) and to hold a stick in his mouth for defense. Because of the stick the snake cannot put the lizard in its mouth, and the fruit acts a drug against the snakes venom"