New occurrences for the flora of Mount Lebanon and rediscovery of Daphne pontica
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During a series of surveys in two valleys of Mount Lebanon between 2014 and 2020, four new occurrences of vascular plants were detected. Atropa bella-donna L. (Solanaceae, Spermatophyte), Circaea lutetiana L. (Onagraceae, Spermatophyte), and Euonymus latifolius (L.) Mill. (Celastraceae, Spermatophyte) were recorded for the first time in Lebanon, while Daphne pontica L. (Thymelaeaceae, Spermatophyte), thought to be extirpated in Lebanon was rediscovered after 70 years. This resource was created to summarize the occurrences of the specimens collected.

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El Zein H (2021): New occurrences for the flora of Mount Lebanon and rediscovery of Daphne pontica. v1.6. Check List. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.pensoft.net/resource?r=new_occurrences_for_the_flora_of_mount_lebanon_and_rediscovery_of_daphne_pontica&v=1.6

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Occurrence; Specimen

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Geographic Coverage

The surveys were carried out in Nahr el-Assi (Metn District) during 2014 and 2015 and in Wadi Jhannam (Minie-Danniye District) in spring to winter of 2018–2020. The valley of Nahr el-Assi in Baskinta is located 10 km eastward from the Sannine summit, the second-highest point in the Mount Lebanon range (2,628 m a.s.l.). The valley of Wadi Jhannam is located 13 km north of Qornet es-Sawda, the highest summit of the range (3,088 m a.s.l.).

Bounding Coordinates South West [33.922, 35.679], North East [34.475, 36.229]
Temporal Coverage
Start Date / End Date 2014-03-01 / 2020-10-08
Project Data

The surveys in Nahr el-Assi (Metn District) during 2014 and 2015 were carried out for the project Determination of Important Areas for Plants and Creation of Three Plant Micro-Reserves to Conserve Rare or Endemic Species in Lebanon which was funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF; project 63257) and aimed at the creation of a Plant Micro-Reserve for the protection of Drosera rotundifolia L. Three plant species, Circaea lutetiana L. Euonymus latifolius (L.) Mill. and Daphne pontica L. were fortunately discovered during the fieldwork in 2014. The surveys of spring to winter of 2018–2019 in Wadi Jhannam (Minie-Danniye District) were carried out for the project Distribution and Red List Assessment of the restricted range endemic Jacobaea mouterdei (Asteraceae) which was funded by Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (project number 180519099). The surveys of 2020 were carried out for the project Determination of the Floral Diversity and Conservation Value of the Valleys of Hell with Focus on the Range-Restricted Endemic Jacobaeae mouterdei (Asteraceae) which was funded by the Rufford Foundation funded (project number 32258-1). Daphne pontica, Atropa belladonna L. and Euonymus latifolius were found there.

Title Determination of Important Areas for Plants and Creation of Three Plant Micro-Reserves to Conserve Rare or Endemic Species in Lebanon (CEPF funded project 63257) + Distribution and Red List Assessment of the restricted range endemic Jacobaea mouterdei (Asteraceae) (Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund project number 180519099) + Determination of the Floral Diversity and Conservation Value of the Valleys of Hell with Focus on the Range-Restricted Endemic Jacobaeae mouterdei (Asteraceae) (Rufford Foundation funded project 32258-1)
Identifier CEPF funded project 63257 + Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund project number 180519099 + Rufford Foundation funded project 32258-1
Funding The work carried out in Wadi Nahr el-Assi in 2014 and 2015 was supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund under grant 63257. The work carried out in Wadi Jhannam was supported by the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund in 2019 under the project 180519099 and by the Rufford Foundation in 2020 under project 32258-1.
Study Area Description The valley of Nahr el-Assi in Baskinta is located 10 km eastward from the Sannine summit, the second-highest point in the Mount Lebanon range (2,628 m a.s.l.). The valley of Wadi Jhannam is located 13 km north of Qornet es-Sawda, the highest summit of the range (3,088 m a.s.l.).

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Hicham El Zein
Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat
Sampling Methods

Botanical exploration aiming at locating various plant species with geographic coordinates and mapping them.

Study Extent Entire valleys of Wadi Nahr el-Assi (Metn district) and Wadi Jhannam (Minieh-Danniye district).
Quality Control The collected specimens have been deposited at the Post Herbarium in the American University of Beirut (BEI).

Method step description:

  1. Exploration, locate plant species, describe habitat, record geographic coordinates, take sample from interesting species.
Collection Data
Collection Name Hicham El Zein collection in Lebanon deposited at Post Herbarium in Beirut
Collection Identifier BEI-HELB
Parent Collection Identifier BEI
Specimen preservation methods Dried and pressed
Bibliographic Citations
  1. El Zein H, Bou Dagher-Kharrat M (2021) New records of vascular plants for the flora of Lebanon: a rare species rediscovered after seventy years, Daphne pontica L. (Thymelaeaceae), and three new occurrences, Atropa bella-donna L. (Solanaceae), Circaea lutetiana L. (Onagraceae), and Euonymus latifolius (L.) Mill. (Celastraceae). Check List 17
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