Arum palaestinum (2)
|From my travels in Lebanon:|
Climbing up the Jabal el Mekmel along the Qdisha valley in Mount Lebanon is possible but rain and wind make it a rough experience on bicycle. During a slight break I discovered this Black Calla (Araceae; Arum palaestinum) on a rocky slope together with Asphodels. It is surprising at first that at 1'300 m a.s.l. you still find a eumediterranean flora but the place was on 34° latitude (see map). The snow cover extended down to 2'100 m at this late April date. The flower smelled of a dog's turd but this attracted tiny insects (psychidae, beetles and others), that fell into the funnel and couldn't climb up because of the waxy wall. You find a picture of the trapped insects in the workshop section.
ID: I hope I got it right (I'm no botanist). I don't know the distribution of this Eastern mediterranean plant, but Israel, Palestine and Lebanon are included. Our TN friend Umar (goatman04) has presendet the plant before