Israeli Forests

Trees and Forests of teh Middle East

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Neil
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Israeli Forests

Post by Neil » Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:22 am

Dear ENTS,

wanted to share a few pictures of the forest along the Hermon River and Banias Falls in the Golan Heights region. We saw Oriental planetree, common oak, Tabor oak, Storax and fig trees. It was a nice respite from the barren landscape typifying Golan.
GodSaysDontPollute.jpg
a plaque saying that God does not want us to pollute
OrientalPlanetree.jpg
Oriental planetree
PlanetreeFigs.jpg
fig trees dominate the understory
FigPlanetreeForest.jpg
more fig & planetree forest
BaniasTreedTrail.jpg
typical trail scenery
BaniasFallsDruzeGrandmotherSplashing.jpg
finally, Banias falls. don't miss granny splashing in the water

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Re: Israel Forests

Post by James Parton » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:13 am

Neil,

Very nice. Your report paints a very different picture than I usually visualize of Israel. On " Common Oak " what species is it? English Oak is called " Common " oak in Europe and some people call White Oak " Common Oak " here in the North Carolina Mountains.
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Re: Israel Forests

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:58 pm

Well, technically speaking the Golan Heights are in Syria, not Israel. Currently occupied territory.

That waterfall is exceedingly pretty. Swimming allowed there?

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Re: Israeli Forests

Post by Neil » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:31 am

i didn't speciate while on the hike. i was taking some mental time off and enjoying the scenery and the green and read the signs. the signs only had common names.

it looks like what i saw is this http://www.flowersinisrael.com/Quercusc ... s_page.htm

the pool below the waterfalls is not too big. my wife said she has a picture of her and her brothers out on a rock in the pool from about 10 yrs ago. they have now closed the pool off to that, though we did see a young man swimming fully clothed out to the rock to get his picture taken.

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Re: Israeli Forests

Post by Neil » Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:40 am

Dear ENTS,

family friends took us on a one-day mad dash through the northern end of the Negev Desert: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negev

we stumbled upon a couple interesting tree species. the second species will have to wait until i get back to the US and my batter charger for my main camera.

we hiked up into Ein Avat canyon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ein_Avdat and passed through a small grove of Mesopotamian poplar (Populus euphratica) - http://www.flowersinisrael.com/Populuse ... a_page.htm - a couple close ups of the bark and leaves are on my other camera as well. they will be posted later. until then, enjoy this small grove of poplars.
MesopotamiaPoplarForestApproach.jpg
approaching the forest grove
MesopotamiaPoplarForestStreamside.jpg
streamside
MesopotamiaPoplarProfile.jpg
in-forest profile
MesopotamiaPoplarProfileLeaner.jpg
stream leaner
MesopotamiaPoplarProfileCrownOut.jpg
treeline singleton
MesopotamiaPoplarForestOverlook2.jpg
forest view from canyon top

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Re: Israeli Forests

Post by Neil » Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:50 am

hi again,

while this isn't technically a Middle Eastern species, i thought ENTS would be interesting to see how sweetgum performs in a small garden in the Golan Heights. you might say, you can take sweetgum out of the southeast, but you can't put it in the desert [or desert like conditions].
SweetgumLeavesMeromGolan.jpg
SweetgumKarensHandMeromGolan.jpg
my wife is a small person, ~ 5' tall. it isn't like Lurch is holding these leaves
SweetgumBarkMeromGolan.jpg
SweetgumMeromGolan.jpg

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Re: Israeli Forests

Post by James Parton » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:37 am

Neil,

At least the Sweetgum has gotten big enough to fruit.
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Re: Israeli Forests

Post by Neil » Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:08 am

Dear ENTS,

the last few pix of a few trees in Israel.

first better pix of the poplar and then the Atlantic pistachio (Pistacia atlantica)


MesopotamiaPoplarLeaves.jpg
Mesopotamian poplar leaves are polymorphic - kinda like water oak.

MesopotamiaPoplarBark.jpg
close up of its bark


AtlanticPistachioProfile.jpg
a profile of the lone Atlantic pistachio - http://www.flowersinisrael.com/Pistacia ... a_page.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pistacia_atlantica

KarenAvivaUvaAtlPistachio.jpg
for scale

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Re: Israeli Forests

Post by James Parton » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:45 am

I love pistachio nuts!!





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Re: Israeli Forests

Post by Joe » Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:28 am

Regarding that monument, "a plaque saying that God does not want us to pollute"- we can only wonder what that part of the world looked like before it was wasted from several thousand years of human abuse.
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