Desert Plants of Egypt's Wadi El Gemal National Park
The vegetation in Wadi El Gemal National Park in Egypt's Eastern Desert is more diverse than might first be expected, but even more surprising is the relationship that the desert dwellers continue to have with the plant life in their habitat, despite the increasing modernization of their world. As a ranger in the park, Tamer Mahmoud quickly realized the importance of surveying, identifying, and documenting the indigenous plants, and recording the information he compiled from interviews with the local community about how they use the plants for food, healing, animal fodder, and fuel. The result is this detailed and colorful guide, which includes photographs of each plant, the scientific name and local name in Arabic and English, and information on location, distribution, uses, and ecology. A glossary, bibliography, visitors' information section and distribution maps make this a comprehensive reference work that will interest visitors, scientists, anyone interested in the flora of arid areas, and even anthropologists.
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Ababda Abu Ghusun Acacia ehrenbergiana Acacia tortilis subsp al-Khashir al-Ludayyid al-Ri'da animals annual herb apex ascending Balanites aegyptiaca branches camels Capparacea Capparis Citrullus colocynthis Cleome clusters cm high cm long coast Common English name Common local name corolla Crotalaria densely Description desert wadis Ecology and distribution edible Farsetia Forssk fruit Gemal Delta Gemal National Park glabrous green Grows in sandy Grows in stony habitats Hafafit hairs hairy Hamata Hangaliya Hankurab Hilifi Hulus Importance inflorescence Jabal Kabb Land-use and Plants leaf leaflets Legume Leguminosa Leptadenia pyrotechnica Limonium axillare linear lobes Lycium shawii medicinal or economic medicinal value mountains much-branched ovate pale perennial herb perennial shrub petiolate plant species pubescent Pulicaria racemes Rare Recorded in Wadi Red Sea regions saline sandy plains Sartut seeds Senna alexandrina sessile spiny stony wadis Tamarix aphylla Tamarix nilotica trees Umm al-'Abas vegetation Wadi El Gemal WGNP yellow Zilla spinosa Zygophyllum Zygophyllum album Zygophyllum coccineum