Name: Rak

Scientific name: Salvadora persica

Type: Shrub

Color: Green

Habitat: Sandy Areas

Size: 600 - 700 cm

Conservation status:



Growth form: Shrub. Flowering. Mar–Jul. Status: Introduced. Common. Also recorded: E Saudi Arabia, UAE. Habitat & distribution: Distribution in Qatar uncertain. Widely planted and naturalised in the Gulf and native to parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the far east of UAE (Jongbloed). One long- established clump occurs by an old well within Ras Laffan Industrial City (John Norton). Uses: The twigs are traditionally chewed to clean the teeth and are a familiar sight in Arabic markets. Jongbloed et al. list many medicinal uses of the fresh and dried leaves, including the treatment of sore joints and scorpion stings.

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