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Miscellaneous Plants found in Nabataea

Dan Gibson Copyright April 2003

Nabataea is a very extraordinary place, with many special locations where unique wild plants abound. Some of these locations include:

  • Wadi Araba, a dry desert valley that dips below sea level
  • The Eastern Desert, a high stony plateau
  • The Hishma Desert, a low sandy desert filled with majestic rock mountains
  • The sandstone mountains of Petra
  • The deep gorges and canyons.
  • All of the plants presented on these web pages are presently found growing in Nabataea. Many of them have special medicinal qualities that are known to the local Bedouin Arabs.







     Wild Mint

    Several years ago I tried transplanting some wild mint from the Hishma desert to my back yard. I failed in my first two attempts. I finally disconnected the drain pipe from my kitchen sink and ran it directly to the plot where the mint was growing, and then the mint flourished. The original mint plant was taken from Lawrence's Spring, high on the mountain above Wadi Rumm village, where it grew in the shade of the mountain where water seeped from a crack in the rock.

    This wild mint is good added to tea, and is especially helpful to those suffering from allergies or asthma.



    The Petra Park The Hejaz Railway
    The Bedul Who are the Nabataeans Today?
    Modern Nabataea (photo essay) Lawrence of Arabia
    Animals of Nabataea Plants of Nabataea
    Mammals Trees
    Birds Shrubs
    Insects Flowers
    Reptiles Grasses
    Fish Weeds
    Other Animals Other Plants