The camel and Tetraena qatarensis synonym Zygophyllum qatarense, have learned to live in a symbiotic relationship in the desert


The camel and the Zygophyllum have learned to live in a symbiotic relationship in the desert
The Zygophyllum supprt camels’ sustainability in the desert and the microbiota in camels’ mouth support the bush to grow further and stay stronger
Sometimes, especially in the extreme droughts the only hope for the camel is the Zygophyllum bush
The evergreen bush, Zygophllum q. works as a life jacket for the camel in the desert
The camels love to browse on the canopy of the bush
The camels only browse on the tender twigs at the top of the canopy of the bush
A close view of camel browsing on Zygophyllum
Very close view of camel browsing on Zygophyllum in Alain Abudhabi
Zygo is an icecream for the camel
Maybe bitter in taste for others but a hope of life for camels
Answer to the hunger in desert, the camels have a great friend - Zygophyllum
Answer to the hunger in desert, the camels have a great friend – Zygophyllum qatarenese

The Strong and Resilient Plant of Desert; Tetraena qatarensis synonym Zygophyllum qatarense, commonly known as Harm or Hadidi


Eye opening fact, how Zygophylum qatarense survive and sustain in the desert?
Surviving in the difficult and challenging environmental condition

The camel loves Zygophylum qatarense because of 2 main reasons; rich source of water and a treasure of salts.

Dr. Raziq Kakar

Ethnoecological knowledge about Zygophyllum qatarense

Zygophyllum qatarense is a salt-tolerant plant, found in the Arabian Peninsula, Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman.  In adaptation to retaining water in its saline environment, it has small compact leaves that are rather fleshy and succulent (bulbs). The leaf has two leaflets and the flowers have four or five delicate petals. (picture). It grows in arid conditions and is both drought and salt tolerant (Xerophyte as well as halophyte). In the Persian Gulf area, the summer is very hot, any ground moisture present evaporates and the soil becomes increasingly salty. Under these conditions, the leaves dry up and fall off the plant, and it can survive in a leafless state for several years. When significant rain falls in winter, the soil becomes less salty and the plant is stimulated into new growth. The seeds only germinate in rainy conditions as the coat of the seed is very hard. https://arkbiodiv.com/2021/11/12/how-zygophyllum-qatarense-support-wildlife-and-livestock-in-the-desert/amp/

Pharmacological Action and Toxicity
Aqueous extract of the plant is documented to produce a lowering of blood pressure and acts as a diuretic and antipyretic, local anesthetic, with anti-histamine activity, stimulation, and depression of isolated amphibian heart, relaxation of the isolated intestine, contraction of the uterus, and vasodilation. The extract antagonized acetylcholine action on skeletal muscle and acted additively to the muscle relaxant effect of d-tubocurarine. The juice from fresh leaves and stems is known to be used as an abrasive cleanser and as a remedy for the treatment of certain skin diseases.

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