Flora of Israel: Bene Zion - Haruzim Nature Reserve






Bene Zion - Haruzim Nature Reserve
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There are three underwater sandstone ridges off the coast of Israel and another two on land.
Bene Zion - Haruzim Nature Reserve is located on the western slope of the eastern calcareous sandstone ridge.
These sandstone ridges are fossilized sea sand dunes consisting of an Eolianite rock named “Kurkar”. The sandstone ridges run mainly parallel to the present-day coastline and mark the coastlines at different periods in the past.
The Bene Zion - Haruzim slope drops steeply down to the valley between the ridges in which the Poleg Swamp once extended.
The reserve is unique in its variety of red loam soil types, among them "husmus" (red loam mixed with limestone).


photos were taken January 23, 2009

שמורת בני ציון,Nature reserve Bnei Zion,Romulea bulbocodium,Crocus-leaved romulea, רומוליאה סגלולית
Romulea bulbocodium, Crocus-leaved romulea, רומוליאה סגלולית

Nature reserve Bnei Zion, Harutzim,Anagyris foetida,Stinking bean trefoil, Mediterranean Stinkbush, צחנן מבאיש
Anagyris foetida,Stinking bean trefoil, Mediterranean Stinkbush, צחנן מבאיש

Flora, Israel, send flowers online
Anchusa undulata, Undulate Anchusa, לשון-פר מצוי

Nature reserve Bnei Zion, Harutzim, Anemone coronaria, Crown Anemone, כלנית מצויה, شقائق النعمان
Anemone coronaria, Crown Anemone, כלנית מצויה, شقائق النعمان

Nature reserve Bnei Zion, Harutzim, Asparagus aphyllus, Prickly Asparagus, אספרג החורש
Asparagus aphyllus, Prickly Asparagus, אספרג החורש

Nature reserve Bnei Zion, Harutzim, Bellis sylvestris, Southern Daisy, חיננית הבתה
Bellis sylvestris, Southern Daisy, חיננית הבתה

Nature reserve Bnei Zion, Harutzim, Fumana thymifolia, Clammy cistus, לוטמית דביקה
Fumana thymifolia, Clammy cistus, לוטמית דביקה

Nature reserve Bnei Zion, Harutzim, Iris palaestina, Palestine Iris, אירוס ארץ-ישראלי
Iris palaestina, Palestine Iris, אירוס ארץ-ישראלי

Nature reserve Bnei Zion, Harutzim, Lavandula stoechas, سطوخودوس, Schopf-Lavendel, French Lavender,אזוביון דגול
Lavandula stoechas, سطوخودوس, Schopf-Lavendel, French Lavender,אזוביון דגול

שמורת בני ציון,Reseda orientalis, Oriental Mignonette, רכפה מזרחית
Reseda orientalis, Oriental Mignonette, רכפה מזרחית

שמורת בני ציון,Nature reserve Bnei Zion, Harutzim
Mushroom