More about Oncocyclus in Israel and Jordan

Paul T.
Tue, 29 Apr 2008 04:48:33 PDT

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 Irises’ 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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