Nature Iraq would like to congratulate our team member Saman Abdulrahman Ahmad on the completion of his PhD at the University of Sulaimani. Saman's work as a botanist, which has been invaluable to the Key Biodiversity Areas project and the Darwin Project, has flowered in his dissertation, entitled Vascular Plants of Awraman Region in Kurdistan Iraq. In addition to conducting field work in the 660 square kilometer region close to the border with Iran over three years, Saman undertook surveys of scientific literature and examinations of herbaria specimens inside Iraq and internationally. Saman's work has added 15 families and 426 taxa to the list of plants found in the area, adds 18 species to the Flora of Iraq, and describes 4 species new to science. The study covered a total of 1084 taxa (about 46% of total flora of Kurdistan region and about 39% of total flora of Iraq). Saman's investigation covered all vascular plants of Hawraman, including those collected by earlier botanists. The study also covered additional information, such as local names, ethnobotanical uses (e.g., food, medicine, tools, fibers, ornaments, flavors, drinks, and condiments).
Bnwar Rzgar Abdulrahman