SR 10,000 fine growing invasive plants in Saudi Arabia

Saudi environmental authorities have warned sternly against cultivating “invasive” plants due to their damaging impact on the delicate ecosystem.

The Saudi government has announced that if someone is found growing invasive plants at their home, farm, or any other place, he will be fined SR 10,000/plant.

Why are they banned?

These invasive species are known for their rapid growth and abundant seed production, which allows them to spread through the assistance of birds, animals, and wind. They pose a significant threat to the native vegetation.

Many people do not know that even an aloe vera plant is an invasive plant.

Aloe Vera plant

Famous Invasive Plants

Fifty-two exotic species have been documented in Saudi Arabia, with some having entered and become naturalized in the Kingdom several decades ago. Among these, 44 are from the American continents, four are from tropical countries, two are from Australia, and one is from East Asia, South Asia, and Iran.

Invasive species in Saudi ARabia

All major invasive species in Saudi Arabia are native to the American continent. The following species potentially damage biodiversity or alter ecosystems in general.

  • Aloe vera.
  • Argemone ochrolecuca.
  • Nicotiana glauca.
  • Opuntia dellenii.
  • O. ficus-indica.
  • Prosopis juliflora.
  • Trianthema portulacastrum.
  • Source: Gulf News

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