Desert Hyacinth, UAE by David Clark
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Desert hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa ) — Arabic names: thanoon, tartooth and basul. This parasitic plant blooms moslty along the coastal areas and in some inland desert areas when there is sufficient water. These are growing near an artificial lake in the dunes. Used in traditional medicine for treating diarrhoea and mixed with camel’s milk as a treatment for contusions.

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  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 6 years ago

    this is amazing looking

  • thanks they really are an amazing plant – dave

    – David Clark

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Dave, I grew up in a desert so I am fascinated by everything I learn about them, such as this hyacinth. Your image of it is beautiful and I enjoyed reading what you wrote about it. – Cora

  • Hi Cora — thanks very much for the comment and the feature – Iwas out there again today and they are popping up everywhere — quite the sight — dave

    – David Clark

  • Clive
    Clivealmost 6 years ago

    Superb capture Dave, well done my friend, it is amazing what will grow under harsh conditions

  • thanks Clive — these are pretty amazing and also quite pretty — they don’t last too long however — dave

    – David Clark

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 6 years ago

    such subtle colours! fantastic image David!

  • thanks – the colors are sort of subtle for such a harsh place — dave

    – David Clark

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasalmost 6 years ago

    lovely color and point of view. I did a small crop and a bit more blurring to the background. Tell me what you think.
    http://images-1.redbubble.net/img/art/size:ular...
    Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group.

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasalmost 6 years ago

    lovely color and point of view. I did a small crop and a bit more blurring to the background. Tell me what you think.

    Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group.

  • Hello Eyal – thanks for the editing — I am playing with the image now — not sure what technique you used to blur the background — yeah I like it better – dave

    – David Clark

  • chijude
    chijudealmost 6 years ago

    An amazing plant! Appreciate the work David … and fascinated by the info you provide.

  • thanks very much – they are pretty amazing – a friend called today to let me know they were blooming (as if I didnt already know!) so they do attract attention – dave

    – David Clark

  • artbyakiko
    artbyakikoalmost 6 years ago

    What a beautiful shot, Dave! Very interesting plant; it’s already blooming as it comes out of the ground. Does it have sweet fragrance?

  • thank you again Akiko — most of them start blooming after they pop through the soil — maybe sometimes it takes longer to push through hard soil and they are already blooming when they come through. – They don’t really have much of a smell but they do attract bees and birds – there is a similar plant also blooming now that smells like dead meat and it really attracts flies which help it pollenate. — Dave

    – David Clark

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 6 years ago

    Amazing vegetation in the desert….I’m still waiting to see those purple birds tho!!!

  • Hi Wendi- just came back from another trip to try to get the purple birds on these flowers — no such luck a few bees but the birds arent there – -they are in my garden though — thanks – dave

    – David Clark

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful image, Bavid!

  • thanks again Bela — dave

    – David Clark

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