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The humble cyclamen

The bulb itself is poisonous and contains the chemical cyclamin. It is this poison that protects the bulb from being eaten by animals.


The Cyclamen persicum – one of two species found in Israel – is part of a family of 23 species that grows in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. It is a perennial plant that can live multiple seasons and is to be found during the winter months in many places, such as on the Golan Heights, near the Ayit waterfall, in the Ben-Shemen Forest and in the Carmel Forest.

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