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824-23. Yellow and maroon flower buds emerging from sand of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) appear in a desert after recent rains. Salt marsh near Mesaieed, Qatar, January 29, 2010

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Pyramid flower spike of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth). Salt marsh near Mesaieed, Qatar, January 29, 2010
Pyramid spikes of bright yellow flowers of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) with a fly. Salt marsh near Mesaieed, Qatar, January 29, 2010
Flower spikes of bright yellow flowers of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) popping from cyanobacterial crust of salt marsh. Southeast coastal area near Mesaieed, Qatar, January 29, 2010
Pyramid spike of bright yellow flowers of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) with mangrove in background. Salt marsh near Mesaieed, Qatar, January 29, 2010
Parasitic plant Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) with a host plant, salt tolerant succulent Arthrocnemum macrostachyum (glasswort). Salt marsh near Mesaieed, Qatar, January 29, 2010
Bright yellow flowers of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth). Salt marsh near Mesaieed, Qatar, March 18, 2011
Flower buds of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, January 9, 2015
Parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) with flower buds in windblown sand on roadside of Salwa Road in area of Khashem Al Nekhsh. Southern Qatar, March 18, 2016
Emerging parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, January 9, 2015
Flower of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth). Harrarah, 40 miles south-west from Doha. Qatar, March 5, 2010
Flower bud of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth). Harrarah, 40 miles south-west from Doha. Qatar, March 5, 2010
Flower spike of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) in Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 4, 2011
Parasitic plant Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) in windblown sand on roadside of Salwa Road in area of Khashem Al Nekhsh. Southern Qatar, March 4, 2016
Tall plant of a parasitic plant Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) in windblown sand on roadside of Salwa Road in area of Rawdat Ekdaim. Southern Qatar, March 21, 2015
Parasitic plant Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) on a roadside near Abu Nahlah. Qatar, April 25, 2014
Parasitic plant Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) with a host plant, salt tolerant succulent Arthrocnemum macrostachyum (glasswort, local name shnaan) in Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 4, 2011
Pyramid flower spike of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) in Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 4, 2011
Stout form of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) in Al Harrarah. Qatar, March 4, 2016
Stout form of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) near a sand fence on roadside of Salwa Road in area of Khashem Al Nekhsh. Southern Qatar, March 18, 2016
Stout form of a parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) in windblown sand on roadside of Salwa Road in area of Khashem Al Nekhsh. Southern Qatar, March 18, 2016
Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) in salt marsh near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
Blooming parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) with a host plant Tetraena near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, February 6, 2015
Parasitic plant Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) with a host plant Zygophyllum qatarense at entrance of Umm Bab in south-western Qatar, February 21, 2014
Flowers of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) emerging from sand near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Parasitic plants Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) in bloom. Harrarah, 40 miles south-west from Doha. Qatar, March 5, 2010
Emerging flower of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Parasitic plant Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) on a beach in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) Water Well near Umm Bab in south-western Qatar, March 3, 2014
Emerging flower of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) at sunrise near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth) emerging from sand near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, January 9, 2015
Blooming parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) with a host plant Arthrocnemum macrostachyum near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Flower spike of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) in sand near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Flower of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) growing from sand near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Flower of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) appearing from sand near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Purple shoot of parasitic plant Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth) emerging from sand on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, January 9, 2015
Emerging flowers of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) at sunrise near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Flowers of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) in sand near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) with a host plant Zygophyllum qatarense at entrance of Umm Bab in south-western Qatar, March 3, 2014
Blooming plant of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) at sunrise near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Dry inflorescence of Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) in windblown sand on roadside of Salwa Road in area of Rawdat Ekdaim. Southern Qatar, April 11, 2015
Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, dhanoon, Tartuth) on a beach in southern Al Wakra. Qatar, February 7, 2015
Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
Blooming Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) near Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, February 6, 2015
Flowers of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
Flowers of Cistanche tubulosa (desert hyacinth, dhanoon, Tartuth) in Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 4, 2011
Parasitic plant Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa) with a host plant Haloxylon salicornicum in windblown sand on roadside of Salwa Road in area of Khashem Al Nekhsh. Southern Qatar, March 18, 2016
Parasitic plant Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa) with a host plant Arthrocnemum macrostachyum (glasswort, local name shnaan) in Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, January 9, 2015
Flower buds of Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, Cistanche phelypaea, Lathraea phelypaea, local names zanoon, Wedaina) at entrance of Umm Bab in south-western Qatar, February 21, 2014
Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa) with a host plant, a salt tolerant succulent, at Jazirat Umm Tays, barrier island at northern tip of Qatar, east from Ruwais, March 24, 2012
Flower of Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, Cistanche phelypaea, Lathraea phelypaea, local names zanoon, Wedaina) at entrance of Umm Bab in south-western Qatar, February 21, 2014
Desert Hyacinth (Cistanche tubulosa, Cistanche phelypaea, Lathraea phelypaea, local names zanoon, Wedaina) at entrance of Umm Bab in south-western Qatar, February 21, 2014
Salt marsh with plants of Glaucous glasswort (Arthrocnemum macrostachyum) in southeast coastal area near Mesaieed. Qatar, January 29, 2010
Dandelion like flower with maroon center of a desert plant Picris radicata (Picris asplenioides) near a road to Saudi Arabia in southern Qatar, February 11, 2014
Salt tolerant parasitic plants of Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum, local name tartouth) on a beach in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) Water Well near Umm Bab. South-western Qatar, January 10, 2015
Flower of Cistanche tubulosa on sand of Umm Tays Island in Madinat Al Shamal area. Qatar, March 14, 2014
Parasitic plant Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum, local name tartouth) with a host plant Zygophyllum qatarense on a beach in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) Water Well near Umm Bab. South-western Qatar, January 10, 2015
Bird tracks and a flower of Cistanche tubulosa on sand of Umm Tays Island in Madinat Al Shamal area. Qatar, March 14, 2014
Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum, local name tartouth) emerging from sand in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) water well near Umm Bab. South-western Qatar, January 30, 2015
Desert plant of Corchorus depressus with flower buds and fruits in a silty depression in Al Nuaman (Naim tribe, Nuaimiya) near Zubara. Northern Qatar, March 28, 2015
Dissected fleshy inflorescence of a parasitic plant Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum, local name tartouth) taken from a beach in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) Water Well near Umm Bab. South-western Qatar, January 10, 2015
Flowers of Cistanche tubulosa at salt marshes near Umm Tays Island in Madinat Al Shamal area. Qatar, March 14, 2014
Flower buds of desert plant Zygophyllum qatarense near Harrarah, west from Mesayeed, south-west from Doha. Qatar, March 19, 2013
Emerging flower of Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum, local name tartouth) on a beach in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) Water Well near Umm Bab. South-western Qatar, January 10, 2015
Succulent leaves of salt tolerant plant Tetraena qatarense (Zygophyllum qatarense) in desert on hills of Harrarah, 40 miles south-west from Doha. Qatar, March 5, 2010
Parasitic plants of Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum, local name tartouth) forming "fairy ring" circle near a host plant Zygophyllum qatarense on a beach in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) Water Well near Umm Bab. South-western Qatar, January 10, 2015
Yellow flower of Arabian Primrose (Arnebia hispidissima) in desert. Harrarah, 40 miles south-west from Doha, Qatar, March 12, 2010
Camels in a salt marsh near Mesaieed. Qatar, March 18, 2011
Small yellow flower of Haplophyllum tuberculatum (local name Meseika) in desert. Harrarah, 40 miles south-west from Doha, Qatar, March 12, 2010
Star shaped prostrate yellow flowers of a desert plant Aizoon canariense (local name Jafna). Harrarah, 40 miles south-west from Doha, Qatar, March 12, 2010
Grazing camels in a salt marsh near Mesaieed. Qatar, March 18, 2011
Seedling of Zygophyllum qatarense germinated after recent rains. Harrarah, 40 miles south-west from Doha. Qatar, March 5, 2010
Remains of dried fruits of a parasitic plant Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum) in Maszhabiya (Al Mashabiya) Reserve near Abu Samra. Southern Qatar, October 23, 2015
Wild flowers after rains in Negev Desert 2 miles north from Beer-Sheva. The Middle East, January 27, 2001
Partially decomposed fruits of a parasitic plant Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum) in sands of Maszhabiya (Al Mashabiya) Reserve near Abu Samra. Southern Qatar, October 23, 2015
Parasitic plant Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum, local name tartouth) on a beach in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) Water Well near Umm Bab in south-western Qatar, March 3, 2014
Dried parasitic plant Cynomorium coccineum (desert, or red thumb, tarthuth) in dunes of Jazirat Umm Tays, barrier island at northern tip of Qatar, east from Ruwais, March 24, 2012
Flower of Cistanche tubulosa on a beach of Umm Tays Island in Madinat Al Shamal area. Qatar, March 14, 2014
Yellow flower of a desert plant Zygophyllum simplex (Tetraena simplex, local names Daa, harm, hureim) in a roadside depression of Abu Samra Road in southern Qatar, February 11, 2014
Flower of Cistanche tubulosa on a sandy beach of Umm Tays Island in Madinat Al Shamal area. Qatar, March 14, 2014
Desert plant Launaea(?) in sand near Trainah in southern Qatar, February 14, 2014
Seidlitzia rosmarinus emerging from sand near Sealine Beach Resort near Mesaieed. Southern Qatar, July 4, 2015
A plant with seeds that had violet flowers in January and yellow onions in Negev Desert in northern Beer-Sheva. The Middle East, February 24, 2001
Rosette of leaves of a desert plant Launaea(?) in sand near Trainah in southern Qatar, February 14, 2014
Desert plant of Polycarpon succulentum in sand south from Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, February 9, 2016
Mat of desert plant Polycarpon succulentum in sand south from Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, February 9, 2016
Desert plant Filago desertorum (local name quTeyna) in sand near Trainah in southern Qatar, February 14, 2014
Stingray(?) sand crater at low tide in Arabian (Persian) Gulf near Mesaieed, north from Doha. Qatar, January 29, 2010
Emerging dark-red inflorescence of Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum, local name tartouth) on a beach in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) Water Well near Umm Bab. South-western Qatar, January 10, 2015
Emerging dark-red flowers of Desert Thumb (Cynomorium coccineum, local name tartouth) on a beach in the area of Al Hamala (Al Hamlah) Water Well near Umm Bab. South-western Qatar, January 10, 2015
Desert plant Filago desertorum (local name quTeyna) growing in sand near Trainah in southern Qatar, February 14, 2014
Flower buds of desert spurge (summer poinsettia, Euphorbia heterophylla) on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, December 18, 2015
Yellow desert plant Aizoon canariense near a road to Sawda Natheel in southern Qatar, February 11, 2014
Desert plant Lotononis platycarpa (Lotus platycarpus) in sand near a road to Saudi Arabia in southern Qatar, February 11, 2014
Woolly desert plant Filago desertorum (local name quTeyna) growing in sand near Trainah in southern Qatar, February 14, 2014
Yellow hairy caterpillar of Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea) on dock (Rumex) in Lick Creek Park. College Station, Texas, April 27, 2010
Yellow desert plant Aizoon canariense with fruits near a road to Sawda Natheel in southern Qatar, February 11, 2014
Compact seedling of desert plant Zygophyllum qatarense among sand in area of Jebel Al-Nakhsh in south-western Qatar, February 7, 2014
Desert plant Seetzenia lanata (Zygophyllum lanatum, local name Habyan) in sand near a road to Saudi Arabia in southern Qatar, February 11, 2014
Desert plant Cornulaca monacantha (local names thalj, thallaj) in sand dunes near Inland Sea Road. Southern Qatar, March 5, 2014
Desert plant Virgin s Hand (Anastatica hierochuntica, local names kaf mariam, jefaiea) in sand near Trainah in southern Qatar, February 14, 2014

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