Ronja Wedegärtner is a 1 st year M.Sc. candidate in geoecology at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany. Her research interests include spatial patterns in plant ecology, plant-soil interactions and alpine ecology. She completed this project as an internship at the Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Funding was kindly provided by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation). Valuable advice stems from Geraldine Quénéhervé and Henri Thomassen. • The real rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica, Brassicacea) is a desert annual herb and a common species in the south of Israel. • The real rose of Jericho is well known for its high tolerance to aridity and salinity stress. As such, it is an ideal model species for studying both molecular and physiological tolerance mechanisms and for the analysis of population and community level trait variability in changing and stressful habitats. • Observations show that in its natural environment A. hierochuntica exhibits an irregular spatial pattern even in seemingly uniform habitats.
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