A chance turn onto a side road ended up with a fabulous find.
After my anti Jordan week last week I’ve got my groove back and being thankful for all the things that I love about living in Jordan. This has meant that we have been heading out in the late afternoon for a drive around where we live, exploring and just taking in the sights.
Today we headed out towards Shawbak. Atef turned off the main road onto a small side road so that I could take a photo of a valley which is green with crops and spring growth. As I was getting back into the car I happened to turn around and low and behold there on the side of the road was this Iris. My heart skipped a beat. This is the first wild Iris that I’ve seen in Jordan. I think that it’s Iris petrana (happy to be corrected on this), which whilst not the national flower of Jordan the Iris nigricans, it is one of the 4 iris native to Jordan which colour is classified in the black range. There are 9 Iris in all that are native to Jordan and most of these are rare or endangered.
There were other stems indicating that there had been more flowers and I’m hoping that the absence of those flowers is due to them being eaten by sheep rather than someone picking the flowers. This is a major problem and one of the reasons why these Iris which grow in the wild are endangered or rare. It looks like there might be one more flower to emerge and I’m hoping that we can head back out in the next couple of days to check. I’ll also be making sure that I remember where I sighted this Iris for coming years.