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The most common tree in Jordan is the olive - producing some of the best olives in the world.
Jordan’s national flower is the Black Iris, a deep purple bloom which grows in profusion in the region of Wadi Rum in the spring. Among the many other flowers of Jordan are red anemones, anchusa, cyclamen, hollyhocks, tulips, and asphodel which, according to the scholar G. Lankester Harding, “transform the country for a few weeks into a vast natural garden which has to be seen to be believed.” Many hotels, nightclubs, and festivals in the country are named for the Black Iris.
The black, white, and green bands of Jordan’s flag are the Pan-Arab colours and represent the Abbassid, Ummayyad, and Fatimid Caliphates, while the red chevron stands for the Arab Revolt of 1916 and the Hashemites who led it. The seven pointed white star in the centre of the chevron represents Arab unity and the first seven verses of the Quran.
The Wadi Rum is the most popular tourist attraction after Petra. Ancient Nabatean rock drawings are routinely found throughout Wadi Rum and it is the only area where the Black Iris grows in profusion. Many film productions have made use of the area for its other-worldly appearance, most recently the 2015 film The Martian in which Wadi Rum serves as the surface of Mars. The 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia was filmed largely in Wadi Rum.