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Flora Palaestina is the botanical description, first used by Linnaeus in 1756, of plants native to the area of the Holy Land, today comprising Israel, The Palestinian Authority (West Bank & Gaza) and Jordan. FLORAPAL, the Flora Palaestina, Ethnobotanical web site is a joint undertaking by Israeli and Palestinian researchers, documenting how selected species from this region have been traditionally used, based on information collected over the last 80 years. The Israeli contribution is by The Natural Medicine Research Center (NMRC), a research center at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem specializing in ancient medical systems, traditional knowledge and research, development & conservation of local medicinal plants. Its contribution is based on the “Zaitschek collection”, an ethnobotanical archive compiled by the late Prof David Zaitschek, of the School of Pharmacy, Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, who over a period of many years (1935 to 1971) collected information on the use of plants by the local population. (See ABOUT). The Palestinian contribution is by The Biodiversity and Environmental Research Centre, (BERC) at Til, Nablus, a Palestinian resource & research facility for plant and fungal diversity and related biotechnology knowledge. Its contribution is based on ethnobotanical surveys carried out by BERC staff between 1996 and 2016 in the West Bank and Gaza on the use of local medicinal plants in Traditional Arabic Palestinian Herbal Medicine (TAPHM). (See ABOUT). Work on FLORAPAL began in 2016 with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Middle East Regional Cooperation Program (MERC) (Award No: SIS70015GR36010). Additional funding was generously provided by the Louise Gartner Philanthropic Fund (USA). The aim of FLORAPAL is to act as an educational and research tool in order to help preserve the valuable knowledge of plant use in this region for future generations while also contributing to the long term conservation of its flora. The FLORAPAL web site however is not a recommendation for the practical use of these plants. (See DISCLAIMER). We would like to thanks all our contributors to the FLORAPAL web site : Dr Sarah Sallon, Director, The Natural Medicine Research Centre (NMRC) Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) Jerusalem. Prof. Dr. Mohammed Saleem Ali-Shtayeh, Director, Biodiversity and Environmental Research Centre, (BERC) Til, Nablus. Dr. Rana Jamous, Biodiversity and Environmental Research Centre, (BERC), Til, Nablus. Dr Helen Paavilinain Ethnobotanist and linguist. Dr Ori Fragman, Chief scientist, Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (JBG). Mr David Myers, web site design. We would also like to thank for their contribution: Ms Debbie Eisner, Dr Elaine Solowey & Dr Leslie Prais. Photographs for the web site were provided by: Dr. Ori Fragman (JBG), BERC & NMRC staff & Mr Guy Eisner.

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