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Shrubs 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.






    A good resource in understanding the shrubs and plants that are unique to Nabataea can be found in the book below. (Arabic)
    The Wild Plants of Jordan, their Medical, Perfume and Preventative Qualities
    Mohammed Jbriil il Jiniidi
    Daar ilAseel
    (Arabic, with line drawings)

    Herba-alba Wormwood

    Artemisia inculta


    Perennial herb with many basal erect leafy stems covered by soft dense to wooly hairs. Leaves dissected, greyish, covered by woolly hairs, stronly aromatic. A medicinal tea is made of the leaves for stomach pains and cramps.
    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