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Flowers found in Nabataea

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Nabataea is a very extraordinary place, with many special locations where unique wild plants abound. Some of these locations include:

  • Wadi Araba, a dry desert valley that dips below sea level
  • The Eastern Desert, a high stony plateau
  • The Hishma Desert, a low sandy desert filled with majestic rock mountains
  • The sandstone mountains of Petra
  • The deep gorges and canyons.
  • All of the plants presented on these web pages are presently found growing in Nabataea. Some of them have special medicinal qualities that are known to the local Bedouin Arabs. The menu below leads to other pages of plants in Nabataea.

     Trees

     Shrubs

     Flowers

     Grasses

     Weeds

    Other
     
    Flowers
     
    The area we have called Nabataea, contains hundreds of different kinds of wild flowers. When sub-species are considered, the count goes to over 1000. Many of these flowers are only present during April and May, at the end of the rainy season, just before the long hot summer sun scortches everything in it's path. This page does not attempt to present any sort of systematic or complete coverage of these flowers. If you are interested in a complete lisiting of these plants, contact the Jordan Society for Biological Sciences (JSBS), or the the Plant Biodiversity Database. A good layman's guide can be found in the full color book:
    Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Jordan and Neighbourng Countries
    Dawud M. H. Al-Eisawi
    Professor of Botany
    P.O. Box 13500 Amman
    Jordan 11942
    University of Jordan
    1998

    Jal'ad Iris

    Iris atrofusca

    Found in the hills of Nabataea. There are many types of Irises found throughout Nabataea, but the Jal'ad is by far the most common.

    (Left) There it is folks, the Black Iris. Just when you thought that you would never see one, one pops up. This beautiful specimen was discovered by Dr. George Kelsy and moved to his garden when it flourished for a couple of years.
    Hoary Pepperwort
    Cardaria draba
    Gnaybara
     
    White flower cluster atop step with large leaves attached to the stem
    Presently used by the local Arabs for animal feed

    Common Anemone

    Anemone coronaria

    Perennial herb, 15-22 cm long with subterranean corm 1-1.5 cm in diameter, leaves 203 times dissected (parsley like). Flowers 4-7 cm in diameter.
     

     

     

     

     
       

     

     Trees

     Shrubs

     Flowers

     Grasses

     Weeds

    Other
    The Petra Park The Hejaz Railway
    The Bedul Who are the Nabataeans Today?
    Modern Nabataea (photo essay) Lawrence of Arabia
    Animals of Nabataea Plants of Nabataea
    Mammals Trees
    Birds Shrubs
    Insects Flowers
    Reptiles Grasses
    Fish Weeds
    Other Animals Other Plants