This is a native plant with an unusual leaf morphology, displaying paired leaflets on the ends of leaf petiole of the current year during the beginning of winter.
Gundelia tournefortii and Zygophyllum dumosum coexist in a limited area, according to Danin, a leading authority on plants of Israel.
What is clear is that the blood stains on both cloths are in a similar pattern.
"There is no way that similar patterns of blood stains, probably of the identical blood type, with the same type of pollen grains, could not be synchronic - covering the same body," Danin stated.
"The pollen association and the similarities in the blood stains in the two cloths provide clear evidence that the Shroud originated before the 8th Century." Danin stated that this botanical research disputes the validity of the claim that the Shroud was from Europe during the Middle Ages, as many researchers had concluded in 1988 based on carbon-14 dating tests.
The area is anchored toward the Jerusalem-Hebron zone with the addition of a third species, Cistus creticus, identified as being placed on the Shroud through an analysis of pollen and floral imaging."This combination of flowers can be found in only one region of the world," Danin stated."The evidence clearly points to a floral grouping from the area surrounding Jerusalem." Danin stated that the evidence revealing these species on the Shroud suggests that they were placed with the body prior to the process that caused the formation of images on the cloth.Louis this week to discuss the latest research on plants for human survival and improved quality of life.Held only once every six years, the International Botanical Congress last met in the United States in 1969, when it was held in Seattle, Washington.