What’s in Bloom...

… in March

By: | Review date: 01-03-2019

In March, we will begin to bask in the beauty of the blooming wild orchids. This monthly feature hopes to show readers some of Palestine’s natural beauty by focusing on our small but mighty wild flowers, but it must also serve to educate in the hopes of saving the magnificent biodiversity in Palestine, and beyond. It is essential that we admire but never pick wild flowers in Palestine, especially our wild orchids – all of which are protected species.

Anemone coronaria Crown Anemone شقائق النعمان
Anemone coronaria
Crown Anemone
شقائق النعمان

When I first began to walk the hills around Ramallah and beyond, I remember seeing entire hillsides covered in the fiery red of the Crown Anemone. Today I struggle to locate one or two. We have over-picked many species, especially the red blooms, and have thus prevented their ability to reproduce and continue to bloom on our landscapes. It is vital that we begin to value our wildflowers and protect them, telling others of their beauty and importance, and also spreading the awareness that if we do not conserve them, in particular the ones that are already endangered, we will eliminate them completely from Palestine’s hills and valleys.

Cistus incanus/creticus Pink Rock Rose اللباد الأحمر
Cistus incanus/creticus
Pink Rock Rose
اللباد الأحمر
Linum pubescens Hairy Pink Flax كتان
Linum pubescens
Hairy Pink Flax
كتان
Geropogon hybridus Goat’s Beard, Slender Salsify ذنب الفرس، رجل البطة
Geropogon hybridus
Goat’s Beard, Slender Salsify
ذنب الفرس، رجل البطة
Anacamptis papilionacea Orchis papilionacea Pink Butterfly Orchid  سحلب فراشي
Anacamptis papilionacea
Orchis papilionacea
Pink Butterfly Orchid
سحلب فراشي
Erodium gruinum Long-Beaked Stork’s-Bill كف العروس/ ابر العجوز او الراعي
Erodium gruinum
Long-Beaked Stork’s-Bill
كف العروس/ ابر العجوز او الراعي
Asphodelus ramosus Common Asphodel بصول /إشراس/ عنصيل
Asphodelus ramosus
Common Asphodel
بصول /إشراس/ عنصيل
Helichrysum sanguineum Red Everlasting دم المسيح
Helichrysum sanguineum
Red Everlasting
دم المسيح
Anagallis arvensis Scarlet Pimpernel عين القط، عين الجمل، ذان الفـار
Anagallis arvensis
Scarlet Pimpernel
عين القط، عين الجمل، ذان الفـار
Ophrys bornmuelleri Bornmueller’s Bee Orchid نحله جميله
Ophrys bornmuelleri
Bornmueller’s Bee Orchid
نحله جميله
Cercis siliq Judas Tree عروس الغابة
Cercis siliq
Judas Tree
عروس الغابة
Morgan Cooper is an urban farmer, lacto-fermenter, and designer (she is founder of Little Olea for babies and Handmade Palestine market). She left academia in 2010 to “get her hands dirty,” building an arboretum with her husband and running Café La Vie in Ramallah. Currently, she’s working on an aquaponics “wall” in the café garden that will provide more organic vegetables for the café kitchen. She lives with her husband Saleh Totah in his native Ramallah. They have one wild child who loves to eat freshly picked carrots with a bit of healthy soil in the cracks.