The site has a variety of habitats: Terraces with orchard trees, ruins with elaborate vegetation on the walls, cliffs, slopes with dense shrubland of Prickly Burnet (Sarcopoterium spinosum) combined with geophytes and annual plants. In the center of the site there is an active spring and next to it are orchard trees and a thicket of river vegetation, such as Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and Great Willow-herb (Epilobium hirsutum).
Cliffs, terraces with orchard trees and ruins feature on the two sides of the channel. The slopes of the shrubland become dominant as long as the spring is at its center. At the top of the channel and on the western slope are dozens of planted almond trees that create a spectacular flowering scene in their season.
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* Report prepared as part of a survey of all the urban nature sites in Jerusalem in cooperation with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, the Ministry of the Environment, the Municipality of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Nature and Parks Authority and the “Bracha” Association.
Prepared by Iddo Wachtel, Avner Rinot and Uri Arad, 2009.