A Plant Field Trip With Mustafa Deeb

A typical camel breakfast.

This native bush is called Rimth in Arabic. Its Latin name is Haloxylon salicornicum.

This native bush is called Ausaj in Arabic. Its Latin name is Lycium shawii.

A wild palm tree finds enough water to thrive.

Arabic: Nakhil burry

Bubyan Island bridge waiting for repair of damage from the war.

Over-grazed habitat along the shoreline of northern Kuwait.

This native bush is called Eshnan in Arabic. Its Latin name is Seidlitzia rosmarinus.

Sheep eating the tiny blades of spring grass just beginning to come up.

Desert camping can be found throughout the Kuwait desert lands.

The fence line of Kuwait national park. A designated protected area.

This commonnative bush is called rimth in Arabic. Its Latin name is Haloxylon salicornicum.

Desert camping inside the protected area.

One of the many places where the fence has been cut to allow vehicles in to the protected area.

A large desert camp in the protected area.

The main gate of the National Park where access is only allowed for visitors with permits.

Another section of the fence removed.

Along the Kuwait City outer freeway trash tossed out is blown against the fence.

Near the Saudi border.

An inlet (khur al-ami in Arabic) from the Arabian Gulf.

This native plant is called Hanwa or Oqhowan in Arabic. Its Latin name is Calendula perseca.

A close up. Note the yellow center. Further on is a similar plant with a yellow center.

Birds hanging out in the wetland.

On the other side of the inlet.

The native bushes in the foreground are called Eshnan in Arabic. Its Latin name is Seidlitzia rosmarinus.

This native bush in the background is called Ghardaq or Gharqad in Arabic. Its Latin name is Nitraria retusa.

This native plant is called Lehiet Al-Tais (Bearded He Goat) or Za'look in Arabic. Its Latin name is Koelpinia linearis.

This native bush is called Shij Al-Jamal (Full Camel's Mouth) or Sahba' or Shawk Al-Jamal (Camel Spine) in Arabic. Its Latin name is Carduus pycnocephalus.

A close up of the flowers just budding.

This native plant is called Hanwa or Oqhowan in Arabic. Its Latin name is Calendula aegyptiaca.

A close up. Note the yellow center.

Chalets along the inlet.

This native plant is called Ghardaq or Gharqad in Arabic. Its Latin name is Nitraria retusa.

This native plant is called Selmas or A'der in Arabic. Its Latin name is Artemisia scoparia.

This aromatic plant has a perfume smell.

Close up.

A closer look at the flowers.

Same plant.

Ants at work.

This native plant is called Al-Jar or Afaina in Arabic. Its Latin name is Scrophularia deserti.

Close up of the flowers starting to bud.

This native plant is called Eshnan in Arabic. Its Latin name is Seidlitzia rosmarinus.

A close up.

When the leaves dry they turn white. These dried leaves can be used in cooking beans. The beans cook better this way

These native plants are called Eshnan in Arabic. The Latin name is Seidlitzia rosmarinus.

Some plants thrive in the small gullies.

A close up of the gully.

This native plant is called Hurum in Arabic. Its Latin name is Zygophyllum coccineum.

Next to the gully is this plant just a few inches out of the ground.

This native plant is called Ziekh or Halook in Arabic. Its Latin name is Cistanche tubulosa.

It grows from 25cm to 40cm tall (12 to 20 inches).

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Along the freeway on the way back to Kuwait City.