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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 6:09 pm 
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During April I was in Israel and Jordan. The Galilee area had a lot of wild flowers in full bloom, including several orchids:

I'm not sure what this one is:
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Nor this one:
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Nor this one:
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Nor, finally, this one:
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However, there was a lot of Ophrys umbilicata around everywhere... very common indeed:
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I also saw a lot of Ophrys bornmuelleri, which I had not seen before. This seemed to be a quite variable species, but I am led to believe that all these are still it:

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There were also a few other orchids, which I couldn't identify, which look like Anacamptis or Orchis (or maybe some kind of hybrid with Serapias?):

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The scenery in Galilee was particularly lush and flower-filled:

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I even saw a late wild tulip near Sepphoris in some light woodland, which was pleasing:

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While in Jordan, I was fortunate to find one the black Irises of the region, this one being Iris petrana. It's a stunning plant - try to ignore the beetles which also loved it in most of the photos! These were in the Dana Biosphere Reserve:

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Best wishes all!

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