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The florescence of Brassica tournefortii

Brassica tournefortii, the desert Mustard

Brassica tournefortii has yellow flowers but is not shiny as other mustard plants. It is a spreading annual herb with long stems up to 100 centimeters (40 inches) in length. The flora is highly adapted and sprouts after a shower of rain. The yellow flowers are an attraction for pollinators, whisps, bees, birds, and other animals. It provides food for camels and other livestock in the desert. It is also edible for humans.

Beautiful yellow flower of Crotalaria aegyptiaca in the desert. Yellow flower is a great attraction for birds, insects, pollinators in the desert

Crotalaria aegyptiaca – highly adapted desert flora with beautiful yellow flowers

I have been working, documenting the desert/drylands flora which is highly liked by the camels. I have named such flora as the Icecream species for the camels. I have been working on the characterization, documentation, and reporting of such flora for the last 2 decades. I have documented such flora from Balochistan, United Arab Emirates, and Oman. You can reach a series of articles, covering this area under the category of Camel Icecream Plant Species. Here are the links to the category of the articles under the subject cited above.

Inflorescence of Helitropium bacciferum

Botanical facts of Heliotropium bacciferum

Arabic name رمرام Botanical name: Helitropim bacciferum For further detail; Desert Gift -Heliotropium bacciferum

Calitrops providing shelter and commune to other plants and animals

A pleasant outdoor visit -Desert, camel, flora, and the ecosystem

The Desert is not a problem but a precious ecosystem The Desert is one of the most important attractions in my life. Walking on sand gives a heavenly feeling. Today, I visited the desert, walked on the sand, and ate pomegranates while sitting on the sand dune. I filmed a short video of the camels …

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Arabian Boxthorn (Lycium shawii), AWSAJ in Arabic

Lycium shawii is highly adapted to desert ecosystems. The thin-leaved, rigid bush grows up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) high, with a lot of branches and alternating spines that vary in size, and grow along the branches and on their tips. The leaves narrow towards their base. It produces small whitish-pink or purple flowers from Sep to Apr. The fruit is small red pea-sized (seedy berries), edible, and used as herbal medicine as well. The flora like to be the neighbor of Acacia tortillas and Prosopis cineraria to climb and thrive better.

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