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Peregrinating Bellflower, Foreign Bellflower
Campanula peregrina

4.7 Endangered

name of participantsBased on: "The Red Book of Israeli Plants - Threatened Plants in Israel" by Prof. Avi Shmida, Dr. Gadi Pollack and Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir
Update Time: Aug. 21, 2023, 4:32 p.m.

The specific epithet of Campanula
means "foreigner, wanderer" and was given in

scientific description of the species by Linnaeus. He was
mistaken and at the time of description of the species believed that the
species was foreign to the European flora and grew at the Cape of Good Hope.
The species description in Hebrew notes its large and opulent flowers, compared
to other species growing in Israel.

The plant is recommended for gardening. Beautiful
flowering plants from seeds collected in the Kziv Stream can be seen in the
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.

In Israel Campanula peregrina
grows only in the Upper Galilee, at a single site at the Kziv Stream near En
Tamir, where Amitai Aharoni found it in 1984 and identified as a new species for
Israel (Schmida, 1985). It disappeared for a few years after flooding and digging
by boars, although a few isolated specimens have been observed again in recent
years. The Nature and Parks Authority reinforced the only wild population with
plants grown from local seeds in the Givat Ram Botanical Garden.

In Israel – streambeds, near running water shaded by woodland.
In the Kziv Stream, it grows in a thicket of Rubus sanguineus and Melissa
. In the world – along flowing channels, moist locations,
springs, and muddy sites. It is characteristic of the rivers flowing in western

Campanula peregrina grows in a
single region in a unique and rare habitat, the banks of constantly flowing mountain
streams. The site is an extreme southern point of its global distribution

C. peregrina grows as
individual plants scattered in the field, occasionally as an isolated plant.
The seeds are small and numerous and are dispersed by the strongly shaking the
plant, but there is a lack of information regarding their viability and
germination rates in nature. The lifespan of each plant is not known with
certainty; it is probably a short-lived perennial and may be monocarpic (blooms
and produces fruit only once and then dies). It is easy to successfully culture
from seeds

Extreme flow regime changes in the Kziv
Stream may lead to the extinction of
C. peregrina. It is also threatened by picking
because of its attractiveness and the prominence of its flowers, although its
site is far from inhabited areas and not easily accessible.

C. peregrine is protected in
the Kziv Stream Nature Reserve

The plant grows throughout the Eastern
Mediterranean Basin and is not globally endangered.  

The Kziv Stream
should be surveyed again in detail in the month of July to obtain an updated
assessment of the number of plants in nature and their location. Subsequently, the
species should be monitored and studied. Individual plants should be marked, to
study their lifespan, obtain basic demographic data and to understand the
possible reasons for the fluctuations in its population size. It is important
to maintain a stable water flow in the Kziv Stream. The ongoing activity
developing backup populations in botanical gardens and refuge gardens should be

Eastern Mediterranean. Campanula
grows in Rhodes, Southern Turkey, Cyprus, on the
western slopes of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon and at a single site in
the Upper Galilee.

Campanula peregrina is a short lived
perennial herbaceous species that grows at a single site in Israel on the banks
of the Kziv Stream, which constitutes the extreme southern limit of its global
distribution. It is endangered by its great rarity, its attractiveness for picking
and changes in its water flow regime.

שמידע, א. 1985. שירת העשבים - צמחי החודש. טבע וארץ כ"ח/1.

name of participantsBased on: "The Red Book of Israeli Plants - Threatened Plants in Israel" by Prof. Avi Shmida, Dr. Gadi Pollack and Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir

Current Occupancy Map

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ClassificationOn the endangered species list
EcosystemMediterranean humid
ChorotypeEastern Mediterranean
Conservation SiteEn Tamir on Kziv Stream

Red number
Peripherality N
Threat Definition according to the red book Endangered
1 (1) districts
Disjunctiveness: 0
100.0% of protected sites

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