‘A Flower Each Spring’ programme kicks off in Al Khor today
November 15 2014 01:05 AM
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Dr Saif Ali al-Hajari speaking at a function yesterday.
Dr Saif Ali al-Hajari speaking at a function yesterday.

The 17th edition of ‘A Flower Each Spring’ programme will kick off today in Al Khor and will introduce another Qatari natural plant under the name: Thanoun ‘the Cistanche phelypaea’.

Dr Saif Ali al-Hajari, chairman, the Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) and head of ‘A Flower Each Spring’ programme, praised the support extended by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to the programme, which was launched in 1999.

The programme aims at introducing the flora of Qatar in their natural habitats to the local community in order to be
protected and grown well.

He said the programme will organise several activities including field trips and festivals focusing on this plant, adding that new activities on water and electricity conservation will be added to this year programme in order to promote the rational consumption of water and
electricity.

Al-Hajari said that some 300 people and a number of schools will attend the inauguration ceremony, adding that the programme will continue until next May.

Cistanche is a genus of holoparasitic desert plants in the family Orobanchaceae. The genus Cistanche includes 16 species. They form an attractive group of phanerogamic root parasites.

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