From the Greek “ornis” (a bird) and “gala” (milk), probably alluding to the egg-like color of the flowers of some species. The specific epithet name “arabicum” means of Arabia, most likely because of its origin.
Bends upwards when flower stems are placed horizontal, it is therefore classified as being geotropic. In this regard it is similar to gladioli and snapdragons.
With over 3000 species, the lily family includes many medicinal and food species in addition to ornamental species.