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About The Flora Palaestina Ethnobotanical web-site


The Flora Palaestina, Ethnobotanical (FPE) web site

1.History & Overview of Flora Palaestina

For thousands of years the Holy Land, today comprising Israel, The Palestinian Authority (West Bank & Gaza) and Jordan

2.Phytogeography and current status

Today Flora Palaestina consists of some 2750 species and 114 families.


For thousands of years the plants of this region have played a vital role in its economy, culture and traditions.

4. Contributing datasets

A. Information sources

Ethnobotanical data for the web site was based on 2 sources of information: the archival Zaitschek collection annotated, edited and updated by The Natural Medicine Research Centre (NMRC) and the ethnobotanical surveys carried out by The Biodiversity and Environmental Research Centre (BERC) in the West Bank and Gaza strip from 1996-2016.

(i) The Zaitschek collection

The archival collection of the late Prof David Zaitschek,

(ii) The Biodiversity and Environmental Research Centre (BERC)

Originally established in 2001 in the village of Til near Nablus, The Biodiversity and Environmental Research Centre (BERC) is a

B. Complaints/ Uses and updating original information

As far as possible we have tried to preserve the original language of the informants when entering information from the datasets into the web site.

C. Selecting Flora Palaestina species for the web site .

Flora Palaestina is currently considered to number about 2750 species.