Wadi Rum Reserve contains 184 registered plant species — ASEZA

Wadi Rum Desert Plant
An undated photo of a drimia maritima growing in Wadi Rum. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
AMMAN — According to Wadi Rum Reserve of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Director Saleh Al-Naimat, the reserve contains 184 officially registered plant species, including herbs, bushes, and trees. اضافة اعلان

Among the species is the “hudeeb aal-reeh” olive tree, about 1,000 years old, which is the oldest tree in the region, he said, adding that it is a component of the natural heritage and biodiversity of the Rum Reserve and one of the reserve’s rare original trees.

Naimat stressed that olive trees are a clear indicator of human settlement in that area, according to scientific studies.

To ensure the tree’s protection, Naimat said that the reserve administration uses several methods to protect it from human and animal intervention, including enclosing it with a special fence and having reserve patrols monitor it.

The reserve also monitors the tree’s condition and strives to prevent contagion with diseases from animals or people, and if it gets any disease, it treats it through modern methods.

He pointed out that the reserve’s administration keeps the tree in normal conditions so that it remains adapted to its original environment, which means that it is rarely irrigated in dry seasons or irrigated in small quantities.

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