Ubiquitous “Al-Nuwair” flowers, emblems of serenity and happiness

By Muntaha Al-Fadhli KUWAIT, Jan 30 (KUNA) –The omnipresence of daisy flowers known locally as “Nuwair” has become increasingly conspicuous nowadays, as many regard them as lively emblems of serenity and happiness.
Sprung on roadsides and vast areas of barren land in large swaths of the country, these flowers have become ubiquitous.
In comments to KUNA, Kuwaiti astronomer and historian Adel Al-Saadoun said on Saturday that the “Nuwair” is not a particular species of flowers, but a class of indigenous, desert plants spherical in shape, illuminating rays of yellow reminiscent of sunshine.
Fertile soil brought about by heavy deluges last fall season helped sow the seeds of these flowers along with an assortment of other plants, Al-Saadoun noted.
It is with the onset of spring that flowers known locally as “Al-Hanwa”, “Al-Houthan”, “Al-Zamlouk”, “Al-Marar” ,”Al-Atheed” and “Crow man ” fully blossom, Al-Saadoun added.
“Al-Hanwa”, a species of flowers that thrives during the months of January and February, is renowned for its orangey scent that can only be sensed in proximity to the flower, Al-Saadoun described.
Meanwhile, “Al-Houthan”, is a species of flowers that contains five round petals that are fragmented into three parts, he said.
Moreover, the astronomer depicted the “Al-Marar” as being 25 centimeters in length with leaves resembling spoons that are yellowish in color with black shades in the middle.
“Crow man” is an herb with numerous branches that are greenish in color, with abundant yellow leaves that almost conceal the faأ§ade of the herb itself. The herb, which blossoms in January, has a mild aroma of perfume, with its name derived from its leaves which are said to resemble a flying creature.
This herb, he added, thrives on sandy soils, useful for its medicinal effects and is purportedly potent as an anti-depressant.
Herbs known as “Al-Nuwar”, which are species of the “Al-Nuwair” flowers, are very widespread during rainy seasons with lime green branches that are 15 centimeters in length, encircled by white flowers, he described.
Furthermore, these herbs are known for their anti-inflammatory properties as its flowers are edible, helping add flavor to otherwise bland food. They can be used as palatable substitutes for saffron, best served with rice, he suggested.
“Al-Zamlouk” is scenic in appearance and brightly yellowish in color, largely seen at roadsides and pave walks and are most abundant after downpours. This plant has a very pleasant smell with a taste akin to that of carrots, however, it could shrivel up when exposed to sunlight, Al-Saadoun noted.
“Al-Atheed” is a very lively plant that is 60 centimeters in length, known for its secretion of a white substance and thick flowers. The plant blossoms during the month of February and is so fragile, he said, that it cannot sustain the heat that comes with rising temperatures in the country. (end) tb.nam