Trees are very important in balancing the ecosystem, even in a place that does not have much of a vegetation.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the number of tree species is only 97, which is about 4% of the total floristic elements. Out of these, more than 80% are present in the southwestern and western regions, including Taif region (plantdiversityofsaudiarabia.info).
Acacia trees here in the capital city and the nearby towns play probably the most important role in whole region’s environmental balance and stability.
Among the tree genera of the whole kingdom, Acacia has the highest number of species (Acacia abyssinic, Acacia asak, Acacia etbaica, Acacia gerrardii, Acacia hamulosa, Acacia latea, Acacia mellifera, Acacia origena, and Acacia raddiana). This explains why all of the places I visited outside the walls of the main city brandish those trees (“The Alpha Dogs’ Typical Day Out at Kamsa Ashra Park“).
The most common species in my area though is the Acacia asak.
The most interesting thing about Acacia trees is their ability to resist drought and cope with arid environments through conserving water (“Effects of drought stress on the growth of Acacia asak“ by Ibrahim M. Aref and Loutfy I. El-Juhany).
Their bright yellow flowers and green leaves are what is dotting the landscape of the Arabian deserts (“A Series of Unfortunate Events”). According to what I read, the trees, like date palms (“A Day with Dates at Kamsa Kamsa Park“) have very long roots that can reach water from subterranean sources. This is way beyond the grasp of other plants.
The intricate connections of their branches when being captured underneath or closer is something to lay eyes on. Beauty is truly in every creation of God if you choose to see it.
Displaying these pictures is one way of showing that each of the things we see around are connected. Every thing we see has a role in the preservation of the ecosystem.
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