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I have been on a trip to Jordan and photographed a couple of plants which I want to identify (ie. know what their names are). Without further ado, here are the photos:

Each picture consists of two photos each with its location under it. Click on the individual pictures to enlarge

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Plant taxonomy is a very difficult topic. There are a surprisingly large number of species out there, and many look alike. To get anything better than a ballpark Genus level guess, you need to have an expert use a dichotomous key for the area, or learn to use one for yourself. –  S. Albano Oct 11 '12 at 6:53

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I doubt you will get identifications for most of those. However, that's a nice array of plants well adapted to their hot, dry environment!

Here's what I can make out:

  • 2nd image, top plant I would look in the genera Hedera or Cyclamen just based on the variegation and leaf shape, but I could be wrong.
  • 2nd image, bottom plant I would guess is something in the genus Malva, possibly Malva sylvestris which I believe is common in Jordan.
  • 3rd image, top plant is Drimia maritima, also very common in Jordan.
  • 5th image, first plant is probably Pinales, possibly family Cupressaceae.

The one which is just a twig does not have enough detail to identify the plant, but it looks like it's infected with a gall-forming pathogen.

Good luck!

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The 2nd bottom image looks more like Malva neglecta but I'm not a botanist. –  Marta Cz-C Feb 12 '12 at 22:05
Thanks for the help, however the 5th plant doesn't seem to look like Cupressaceae since the polka-dotted 'things' are as fat as a pinky. Thanks for the others though, I think that'll get me my Extra Credit points Thanks! –  Seif Shawkat Feb 12 '12 at 22:15
Also, the second one on the first page, is that a plant or a fungus? Because in reality it looked like a mixture of both... –  Seif Shawkat Feb 12 '12 at 22:17
@MartaCz-C you could well be right about Malva neglecta. –  Richard Smith Feb 13 '12 at 0:14
@RichardSmith If I remember right, it was as big as a palm. –  Seif Shawkat Feb 13 '12 at 8:49

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