Name: Thamam

Scientific name: Panicum turgidum

Type: Grass

Color: Green,Yellow

Habitat: Sandy Areas

Size: 40 - 100 cm

Conservation status:



Growth form: Perennial grass. Flowering. Apr. Status: Native. Very common. Also recorded: Bahrain, E Saudi Arabia, UAE. Habitat & distribution: Abundant on sand sheets, sandy depressions and other sandy habitats. Especially common in S and SW Qatar, where it is a major component of the natural perennial vegetation. It probably avoids saline sand. Uses: Described as good fodder by El Amin. Mandaville said it was reported that bedouin used this as food during famine. Jongbloed et al. note that it was used as a wound dressing. The species is a natural sand binder and could have potential for stabilising sand dunes.

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