Erodium crassifolium – A unique desert species

by: Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir
31 Dec
In the Arabian and Sahara deserts one can find this very beautiful plant, the flowers of which open in early morning. It is Erodium crassifolium, that will decorate the bare ...

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Tulip Conservation in Israel

by: Ori Fragman-Sapir
31 Dec
More than 230 bulbous plants are native to Israel and the surrounding area. The Mediterranean region and the arid semi-deserts are a paradise for bulbs, which constitute eleven percent of ...

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Amygdalus communis – The Almond Tree

by: Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir
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31 Dec
Winter is coming soon, and almonds will soon be in bloom. We can all revel at their beautiful blossoms, and later, from their delicious almonds. The almond is a small ...

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Iris westii – A new population of the rare Iris westii from Mt. Hermon

by: Ori Fragman-Sapir
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31 Dec
For the past 35 years, the identity of Oncocyclus irises in Mount Hermon and its adjacent areas has confused botanists. All these local irises belong to the Nazarena group... Read ...

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Sustainable Plants for Mediterranean Horticulture in Israel

by: Ori Fragman-Sapir, Translated by Susan Hattis Rolef
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18 Oct
Rising water costs and expensive maintenance have led us to plan sustainable gardens. For such gardens we seek plants that are both waterwise and that require little maintenance. There are ...

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Olea europaea – The Olive Alone

by: Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir
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04 Sep
The common European olive (Olea europaea) is a Mediterranean, evergreen tree. The oldest olive finding that was discovered in Israel, in archeological digs in Mount Carmel, is in the form ...

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Conservation in the Middle East

by: Ori Fragmai-Sapir
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25 Aug
The rich flora of the Middle East is celebrated in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, where endangered species are propagated and protected. In this paper I share our primary projects and ...

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Ficus palmata – Wild Fig

by: Ori Fragman-Sapir, Translated by Shira Carmeli & Kady Wilson
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31 Jul
Twenty years ago, when we were young and hard-working students, we enjoyed Sukkot and Passover vacations in Sinai. We would go hiking for ten days in the high mountains of ...

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