Autumn Blooming in N Israel

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fragman

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Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« on: November 12, 2011, 11:33:02 AM »
After strong two rain storms in the north of the country, countless autumnal bulbs are in bloom.
We were lucky to see in one day : 4 different Corcuses, 3 Colchicums, 2 Sterngergias, 1 Biarum and 1 Cyclamen.
Ori Fragman-Sapir
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

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fragman

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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2011, 11:38:17 AM »
Slopes are Mt Hermon are full of Crocus hermoneus, Crocus pallasii and Colchicum antilibanoticum.
In the wet Man Valley we found Colchicum szovitsii and Crocus ochroleucus.
In addition we enjoyed beautiful autumn foliage and ate Sinai hawthorn red fruits as well as Spiny Hawthorn (tastied) yellow fruits.
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fragman

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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2011, 11:42:43 AM »
In the Golan Heights the narrow endemic Biarum auraniticum was found in a new site. Coclhicum feinbruniae (tesselated) and Sternbergia clusiana clumps are still in bloom in the shade of trees. Nice bony Syrian pears drop on the ground , "waiting" for an extinct animal (Syrian bear) to disperse them.
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fragman

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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2011, 11:45:10 AM »
In the Eastern Galilee (Cahal) we found - autumnal leafless Cyclamen persicum and the tiny Sternbergia colchiciflora. Mt Tabor oak acorns are just ripe, either fall under the trees or dispersed by jays and rodents.
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Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

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JTh

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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2011, 12:38:05 PM »
I am so envious, I wish I was there. Your photos are wonderful.
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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2011, 01:46:16 PM »
Thank you for these magnificent images. I was not a big fan of bulbs before, but I am going to look at them with much more interest in the future ..
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MikeHardman

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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2011, 01:46:50 PM »
Very nice, Ori
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Alisdair

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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2011, 03:37:38 PM »
Terrific pictures, Ori, and of such prized rarities; thanks so much.
Alisdair Aird
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John

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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2011, 05:26:51 PM »
I have grown Sternbergia colchiciflora now for two years and it hasn't flowered. It has however set seed! I assume that it produced fruits underground without actually flowering. The only explanation! Any observations?
John
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fragman

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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2011, 07:13:02 PM »
Thanks all !
I forgot to upload the picture of Biarum auraniticum, and done that now here.
John, Sternbergia colchiciflora indeed doesn't flower every year, some plants are just not flowering and will do so as soon as their bulb  is large enough, other will bloom underground and self-pollinate. Fruits will develop only in wet seasons. Another option is that your plants are in a too shaded situation.
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John

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Re: Autumn Blooming in N Israel
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2011, 10:59:43 PM »
Wondered whether that might be the case. Not much hope in our climate really.
John
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HansA

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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2011, 11:14:06 PM »
Great pictures, Ori! Thanks a lot for sharing them!
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2011, 06:55:40 PM »
As always, nice pics and species ori.
This year, Sternbergia colchiciflora didn't bloom here, and it usually never open like yours.
But my favorite one is Biarum auraniticum that I missed again this year both in israel and Syria...