Flora was originally the name of the Roman goddess of flowers. Hence, it was used for a long time to speak of flowers, until it started to be used in a broader sense to also include trees and vegetation types.
Flora was also the goddess of spring and of youth, and one among many fertility goddesses in Roman mythology. But she was more importantly honored during springtime for her association with the season of flowers.
That said, among today’s Flora category, we tend to give flowers less importance than trees, delicate and small as they are in comparison. Yet, can we possibly imagine our world without flowers?
There is a good reason why flowers are the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a gift or about doing a nice gesture for someone. They tend to brighten one’s day and lift the spirits.
Despite their fragility, these beautiful living nature’s creations have the power to touch hearts, mend relationships, declare love, strengthen friendships, convey good wishes, inspire joy, express kindness, and diffuse soothing energy in one’s environment.
That has been the case of their relationships with humans since prehistory with flowers being offered for their medicinal and herbal properties. The tradition of flower-giving goes as far back in time.
For that reason and more, this listicle of the Lebanese flora will mainly focus on the beautiful flowers spotted in Lebanon’s nature, which breeds over 3,000 species, including trees and vegetation types.
An Iris Cedreti, like a princess among evergreen trees