Arum palaestinum. Boiss.
- Common name:
- Black Calla, Solomon's Lily, Priest's Hood and Palestine Arum
- Arabic name:
- Lufe in Arabic
Johannes Stökl , Antonia Strutz, Amots Dafni, Ales Svatos, Jan Doubsky, Markus Knaden, Silke Sachse, Bill S. Hansson, Marcus C. Stensmyr. A deceptive pollination system targeting drosophilids through olfactory mimicry of yeast. Current Biology, 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.09.033
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- Endemic to:
- Lebanon and Syria
- Life Forms:
It is a perennial geophyte plant. It grows 10–25 centimetres (0.33–0.82 ft) high. It blooms from March to April. Each plant only blooms for a day, from morning to morning. It attracts drosophilids (vinegar flies) as pollinators by emitting odor molecules that resemble those produced during alcoholic fermentation of rotting fruit initiated by yeast. The fruit contains seeds which are distributed by birds.
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