Schouwia thebaica


  • Karkur Talh (Jebel Uweinat), October 2005, following rain
  • Karkur Talh (Jebel Uweinat), October 2006, remnant vegetation of 2005 rains
  • Upper Karkur Talh (Jebel Uweinat), October 2006, following rain
  • Wadi Handal (Jebel Uweinat), October 2005, following rain
  • Emeri Highland (Jebel Uweinat), observation by Alessandro Menardi Noguera, April 2006, following rain

    The species was noted in Karkur Talh and Wadi Handal following the rains of 2005. It appeared in all areas affected by the rain, being scarce in the lower courses of the wadis, and becoming progressively more abundant in the upper, rocky areas. A few individuals have survived in a partially green state up to one year after the rains, and a single fresh shoot was seen in the rain affected area of upper Karkur Talh in October 2006.

    Middle Karkur Talh (Jebel Uweinat), in sandy wadi bed, dominated by Tribulus pentandrus and Panicum turgidum, 18th October, 2005

    Upper Karkur Talh (Jebel Uweinat), in dried basins among rocks,
    intermingled with Tribulus pentandrus and Morettia philaeana, 18th/20th October, 2005

    Emmeri highland (Jebel Uweinat), April 2006,
    with Morettia philaeana in foreground
    (Photos by Alessandro Menardi Noguera)

    Upper Karkur Talh (Jebel Uweinat), nearing end of lifecycle, with a few green leaves and flowering shoots remaining, October, 2006

      Upper Karkur Talh (Jebel Uweinat), dried Schouwia beside green Aerva persica, October, 2006

    Fresh growth in northern side valley of upper Karkur Talh (Jebel Uweinat), October 2006