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Timeless Travels Magazine - - JORDAN -

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.

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