More about Oncocyclus in Israel and Jordan

Bill Richardson
Tue, 29 Apr 2008 05:06:12 PDT
came through fine here. Must be your formatting.
Bill Richardson
Victoria, Australia
Autumn  6c to 32c at present
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From: "Paul T." <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 9:48 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] More about Oncocyclus in Israel and Jordan


I am not sure whether it is just me or not, but
your last message (which I think would be of
interest to me) came through as one huge
paragraph, making it nearly impossible to
read.  I don't know if it is a formatting problem
or not, but I do seem to from time to time have
this happen with your postings (which is a shame
as they're often so informative).  Am I the only one that has this problem?



Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.

At 09:40 PM 29/04/2008, you wrote:
>Hi all, I have been searching the web for more
>information on the Oncocyclus of Israël and
>Lebanon. Here is a summary of what I found. The
>Iris section Oncocyclus comprise 10 species in
>Israel and Jordan (see list below), all endemic
>with limited and distinct populations. In 1998,
>the Royal Iris project sponsored by the DFG and
>common to Mainz University in Germany, The
>Hebrew University in Israel and Bethlehem
>University in the Palestinian Authority aimed to
>reinforce the connections between three nations,
>in addition to the conservation targets. The
>project had four goals: recording and
>conservation of all populations in Israel,
>monitoring population dynamics, systematic
>reviewing and pollination ecology research. The
>main objective was to discover the relationship
>between the Royal Irisesâ?T special characters:
>solitary giant flower, no nectar reward, dark
>colour, and male bees lodging. The Royal Irises
>are known as the first priority for conservation
>in Israel. As a result the following species
>were studied. For each species, the flowering
>period is listed, followed by the distribution
>and in parenthesis the best place to see wild
>populations. Â Â Â  Iris lortetii - Beginning of
>April - Upper Galilee - Shomron Mts. (Tel
>Hatzor). Iris bismarckiana - March - Upper &
>Lower Galilee (Dishon gorge, Givat Hamore). Iris
>hermona - mid March - Central Golan Heights
>(Mapalim crossroad). Iris atrofusca - mid March
>to April - South Golan, Gilead Mts. Mts.,
>Shomron & Judea deserts, Arad to Beer Sheva (Tel
>Arad, Haon escarpment). Iris haynei - March -
>Gilboa (Gilboa - Mt. Barkan). Barkan). Iris
>atropurpurea - mid January to February - Coastal
>plain (Nes Ziona, Netanya Iris reserve). Iris
>bostrensis - Second half of March - North Jordan
>(Ramtha to Mafraq). Iris nigricans - April -
>Moab Mts., Jordan (East to Kerak). Iris petrana
>- April-March - Edom (Jordan); North Negev,
>Yerucham to Dimona (Dana Nature reserve,
>Yerucham Iris reserve). Iris mariae - Beginning
>of March - Sand dunes of the Western Negev (Agur
>dunes, Kibutz Magen).Agur dunes, Kibutz Magen).
>Although many taxonomists dealt with this
>section in the last 120 years, no quantitative research was
............. etc.

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