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Desert Plants of Egypt's Wadi El Gemal National Park by Tamer Mahmoud
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Sep 13, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: egypt-adults, adult-non-fiction, middle-east
Recommended for: nature lovers in Egypt
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This book is a must-have for nature lovers in Egypt! I am so happy to have found it on the shelves this summer.

The introduction provides an excellent overview of the national park - the geomorphology, climate, water resources, ecological features, and more, including information about the local indigenous people, the Ababda, and how they use the plants and land.

For each of the plants in the directory, Mr. Mahmoud, a park ranger and botanist, has provided the Latin name, common English name, common local name (in Arabic and transliterated), a description of the plant, a discussion of its importance and uses, and the ecology and distribution. There is also two or three photos of each plant plus a map showing their location in the park. A wealth of information!!

And although these plants are all found in Wadi el Gemal, they are also found in other desert areas of Egypt - the Sinai peninsula and Wadi Digla, for example - so Desert Plants will be a useful tool for plant-lovers around the country!

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