The flora of Egypt

Nymphaea caerulea

Nymphaea caerulea

When we go to an unknown country for the first time, everything is new: the landscape, the buildings, and of course the plants. For the Egyptians, these were extremely important, because from them they not only obtained food, but also natural remedies for the ailments they might be having.

So, today we are going to know more about the flora of Egypt.

Phoenix dactylifera

Phoenix dactylifera

Egypt, having a desert climate, unfortunately does not have a great variety of endemic plants. However, we will find some, such as the blue water lily that you can see in the image that heads the article, or the date palm (top image). Dates are used to make many dishes, such as makroud or stuffed dates. But there are some more plants that we are going to discover on this occasion, such as ...:

Balanytes aegyptiaca

Balanytes aegyptiaca

Balanytes aegyptiaca

This tree is extremely resistant to drought, and above all very useful! Its seeds are edible, its bark is repellent for snails, and to top it off it has medicinal properties: it relieves headaches. It is so appreciated, that already in the XII Dynasty they began to benefit from its more than interesting properties.

acacia tortilis

acacia tortilis

acacia tortilis

This species of Acacia is one of the more stand out in the desert Of Egipt. It is the typical parasol tree that we see in African documentaries, from which big cats protect themselves from the sun. Due to their growth and development, they are ideal to enjoy a family picnic.

But if we talk about introduced plants, in the gardens you will find much more variety: fruit trees, tropical plants, among others that will make your stay in this wonderful country an unforgettable experience.

Human beings have always depended on plants to feed us, heal us or simply to protect us from the sun. In Egypt, with such extreme high temperatures, they are a fundamental part of the landscape.


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