In recent years, the Kingdom's flora has attracted increasing interest, resulting in the publication of several books on the subject. Wild Flowers of Central Arabia by Betty A. Lipscombe Vincett lists more than 80 wild flowers growing in a region often thought to be entirely barren. Desert regions also support acacias and desert shrubs, salt bushes and tussock grass, as well as cacti. More fertile regions boast date palms and, in the shade of these desert trees, apricot, lime and quince trees thrive, together with grape vines and vegetables.

With the Kingdom's determined effort to irrigate and cultivate the desert, we must not omit those vast areas of the Kingdom devoted to the production of cereal crops (barley, millet and wheat).

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