Zygophyllum qatarense – Agood hope for camel in the desert

Zygophyllum qatarense – Agood hope for camel in the desert


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. Continue reading Zygophyllum qatarense – Agood hope for camel in the desert

Prosopis cineraria (Ghaf in Arabic) – An unsung hero of the desert

Prosopis cineraria (Ghaf in Arabic) – An unsung hero of the desert


Ghaf tree says “When you see me thrive in your fields, you may wonder if I’m stealing water from your crops. I’m not! my taproots goes down 35-60 meters in search of water. That’s about. the width of one of your football fields! I actually protect your agriculture by acting as a windbreak to slow down dust storms. My roots also stabilize sand dunes, preventing the desert from taking over”. Continue reading Prosopis cineraria (Ghaf in Arabic) – An unsung hero of the desert