Friday, September 12, 2014

The 'Gharkad' tree

Nitraria retusa

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Nitraria retusa
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N. retusa, from Vegetation der Erde(1910)
Scientific classification
Species:N. retusa
Binomial name
Nitraria retusa
(Forssk.) Asch.
Nitraria retusa is a salt-tolerant shrub or bush in the Nitrariaceae family. The plant grows to 2.5m tall, although it is usually less than 1m in height.[1] It has tiny, white to green, fragrant flowers,[1] and small edible red fruit.[2] The plant is native to desert areas of northern Africa, where it grows in primary succession on barren sand dunes.[3]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b "Nitraria retusa". Flora of Pakistan. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  2. Jump up^ Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation. A guide to medicinal plants in North Africa. International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. p. 256. ISBN 978-2-8317-0893-5.
  3. Jump up^ Zahran, M.A.; A.J. Willis (2008). The Vegetation of Egypt. Springer. p. 440. ISBN 978-1-4020-8755-4.

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