10 New species of plant discovered in Oman

Muscat: The Oman Botanic Garden in Al Khoud recorded 10 new species of plants in the Sultanate of Oman, bringing the total number of officially documented Omani plant species to 1,453 species.

The registered plants that were discovered by local and international researchers in different governorates are a rare type of wild barley strain in the Sahasah area in the Wilayat of Khasab. Four types of them are in the Dhofar Governorate, three types in the Musandam Governorate, two in the Buraimi Governorate, and one plant in the Al Dhahirah Governorate.

These plants are distinguished by Plants are extremely rare and spread in narrow geographical areas in very small numbers. These discoveries are particularly important from a scientific and environmental perspective in terms of increasing knowledge of plant diversity and enhancing the protection of rare plants in the Sultanate of Oman. They also reflect the vision of the Oman Botanic Garden, which revolves around discovering, preserving and displaying the Omani plant diversity and the cultural heritage associated with it.

These new discoveries represent the importance of botanical gardens in preserving biodiversity, highlight the garden’s pioneering role in the field of scientific research and education, and enhance its role as a reference center for Omani plant sciences in particular and Arab plants in general in the region. They also reflect the role of the Omani Botanical Garden in preserving local biodiversity. Enriching scientific knowledge. These discoveries represent the extent of cooperation between researchers, scientific institutions and society in the Sultanate of Oman to preserve the valuable plant and environmental heritage and promote sustainable tourism in the region and the world.

It is worth noting that the team included researchers from the Oman Botanic Garden, namely Saif bin Amer Al Hatmi, Abdul Rahman bin Rashid Al Hinai, and Zwan bint Juma Al Qasabiya, in addition to international researchers. These discoveries were finally published in a scientific paper in the Edinburgh Journal of Botany (EJB) in the United Kingdom, which is a journal. It is an international journal concerned with biodiversity, conservation sciences, and phytogeography. It is considered one of the most prestigious scientific periodicals that encourages scientific contributions from all over the world. The discovered plant species are distributed among several governorates in the Sultanate of Oman.

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