I have learned much about the camels, their preferences, and the desert’s flora. Zygophyllum has a very bitter taste and saltish plant because of its’ high salts contents and some level of alkaloids (which depress the appetite of the animals, though camels have higher tolerable levels for alkaloids). Such biochemical molecules in the bushes like Zygophyllum sp. depress the appetite as well as poisonous for some types of livestock. Producing such molecules (alkaloids, saponin, etc) is the strategy of the plants to save their race from the grazing animals, therefore Zygophylum qatarense is browsed by camels to a certain level but not minimized to the ground level.
Hard for other livestock to consume, Zygo is an Icecream for the camels
As mentioned before that Zygo is rich in water, salts, and other molecules which collective a very saltish and bitter taste to the bush, and many types of animals/livestock avoid consuming this bush but the camels love to eat it. I have named this plant as the camel ice-cream species because the camel eats lesser quantity but with very much desire. https://arkbiodiv.com/2017/12/21/part-2-ice-cream-species-of-plants-for-the-camel-and-goat/
Here in the below link; you can see the explanation by the author in a youtube video, how this bush is surveying, and pose a panoramic view of the desert. https://youtu.be/Izc8O6tdj5A
The strong and resilient
Zygophyllum is very strong, spread with many trunks, with deep roots, can sustain livelihood in the desert, and provides an opportunity of a healthy desert ecosystem as the bushes like Zygo are providing shelter, food, and even water and salts to the wildlife in the wilderness of the desert. https://arkbiodiv.com/2021/11/17/desert-ecology-floral-survival-and-camel-grazing-impacts-and-the-future-hopes/
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Tetraena qataransis is highly adapted to the challenging climatic conditions of the desert. The flora sustains in the desert ecosystem since unknown times and evolved in tune with the discourse of nature and climate change. Sometimes it is the only hope for food for the camels. It is full of medicinal characteristics and transfers the medicinal ingredients to the human and camel via milk.
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