Description & Remarks
A species new to Israel, collected first at the end of May 2006 on a roadside sprayed with herbicides near Eshtaol, at the Judean foothills (Shefela). It was described first by Rothman in 1956 and considered by Valdes in 1986 a variety of Misopates orontium. Through a phone conversation Prof. B. Valdes told me that in their recent study in Morocco he and his collaborators found 5 species of the genus Misopates. M. calycinum is closer to other Moroccan Misopates than to M. orontium. Consequently I follow the present “taxonomic trend” and regard this species as named above. Antirrhinum species are perennial whereas those of Misopates are annuals.
Earlier collection of the plant in 1986, Acco Plain, by I. Marta was not published properly.
During the end of 2006 and beginning of 2007, expanding of the highway near Eshtaol took place and the habitat with this plant was totally removed. The plant is destroyed in the site near Eshtaol. Meanwhile, in February 2009, I. Marta recollected the plant in its first collection site at the Acco Plain. New reports on the finding of this plant will be welcomed.