In mid-March the Botanical Garden's volunteers, led by the curator, assisted with the planting of new species in the desert and heavy soils sections, both part of the Israeli flora collection of the Garden.

Seedlings of Verbascum fruticulosum, Salvia aegyptiaca, Salsola vermiculata and Blepharis attenuata were planted in the desert plot. These species are perennial plants displaying various adaptations to the harsh conditions of their desert habitat. The heavy soils plot represents areas with deep and clayey soils. Such soils are highly suitable for agriculture and most such areas have thus been cultivated and the plant species typical to this habitat have consequently become almost extinct. Three species from the "Red List" of endangered species have been planted in the heavy soils plot: Astragalus oocephalus, Lathyrus lentiformis and Vicia basaltica - all three are legumes (Leguminosae). The Tel-Aviv University Botanical Garden, in its capacity as a refuge for the conservation of endangered plant species, features more than half of Israel's "Red" species.  

From left to right: Verbascum fruticulosumSalsola vermiculataAstragalus oocephalus, photos: Kineret Manevich

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