Floral Biodiversity

All about the plant species.

Rumex vesicarius in Qatar. The picture was taken from the website, Flora of Qatar for public audience.

Why native flora diversity is better than monoculture forest for replantation

We have now peer reviewed scientific support for my opinion of planting native flora. I have been documenting, analyzing, and reporting the worth of native flora in the context of biodiversity, food (for us and livestock), environmental support, and another aspect of goodness. Here is the link to my general article about the goodness of trees and other flora.

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.

Close view of Zygophyllum qatarense

Leaves and twigs of Tetraena qatarensis, commonly known as Harm or Hadiddi synonym Zygophyllum qatarense

Zygophyllum qatarense is really a unique flora with almost 0 % water loss as it has special leaves and small white hair which divert the moisture of transparation back to the plant

Pistachia khunjuk, wild pistachio of greater Zhob, northeast Balochistan

Pistacia khinjuk. Family: Anacardiaceae. A small tree. Wild pistachio. Found on mountain slopes. Common in Zhob. Pashto name: Shinay شنے in Pashtu. The tree is locally called Wanna and a subtype is called Ozgai.

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