Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A strange desert flower

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Some "rainy season" this is!  It hasn't rained in a month and a half.
But still, I went wandering in the desert today in search of the first winter wild flowers.
This plant was a total surprise; I've never seen anything like it!
Have you?
Please, enlarge the photo with a click and then another click  and see if you might recognize it and know the name.
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UPDATE!  Wait! My nature expert nephew has just come through with the answer and also a great resource: the Hebrew University's Flora of Israel Online ! (The Hebrew page of the flower is here.)
It is a  Leontice leontopetalum L. Berberidaceae.   Its common name in German is Loewenblatt or Loewentrapp
or in Hebrew,  Artanit hasadot     עַרְטָנִית הַשָּׂדוֹת

6 comments:

William Kendall said...

I have no idea what it might be, but it looks quite eye catching!

Cloudia said...

A Blessing to see something new




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Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Finding that "flora of Israel" website is wonderful. You're reminding me that it is time to go out to find some "little things" to photograph.

VP said...

Almost every flower is a mystery to me, anyway this is beautiful!

Zsuzsanna said...

Very nice photos

Kay said...

Love it! I do love seeing new wildflowers. Looks like a hardy flowering plant.