Negev iris (Iris mariae)

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Illustration of Iris mariae by Irene Blecher

Species: Iris mariae
Common Name: Negev iris
Status: Endangered, Red Data Book, Israel
Range: Israel

Map of middle east illustrating the range of Iris mariae

Artist: Irene Blecher
Artist Home Country: Israel
Medium: Watercolor

Scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority are collaborating to rescue, propagate, and relocate populations of threatened Iris species in Israel. Iris mariae is found in the western Negev Desert and in the Sinai Desert of Egypt.