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Qatar and kew gardens promote biodiversity.


In April 2010, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, joined The Prince of Wales to plant a Sidra tree sapling at Kew and formally open The Koranic Garden exhibition. The twin garden in Qatar was inaugurated by Her Highness on 17 September 2008, when she planted the Garden's first tree, again a Sidra (Ziziphus spina-christi Willd.-, Sidr), the emblem of the Qatar Foundation. The exhibition at Kew comprised plants and herbarium specimens of some plants in the Koranic Garden in Doha. The garden comprises all the plant species mentioned in the Koran and those in the Hadith and the Sunnah; these plant species belong to three main ecological groups: desert plants, including bitter gourd, tamarisk, Christ's thorn, toothbrush tree, senna, henna and camel's hay; Mediterranean plants : olive, common grape vine, fig tree, wheat, barley, black cumin, mustard, saffron, safflower, onion, garlic, watermelon and pomegranate; and tropical plants : agallocum, wild ginger and camphor tree. These two gardens aim to increase global awareness of the plants mentioned in the Koran and to promote understanding between cultures through a common interest--the environment and its preservation.

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Title Annotation:Compass 06/2010: News and views from around the world
Publication:The Middle East
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:7QATA
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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