This research explores the role of native plants in enhancing the distinctiveness of cities in Saudi Arabia, focusing on a specific case study of Al-Samra Park. The study aims to investigate the prevalence and effects of non-native and native plants in the park and their contribution to the uniqueness of the landscape. A questionnaire was designed and implemented to gather data, and the park's plant composition was examined.
The findings indicate that non-native plants dominate Al-Samra Park, while native plants are scarce. However, the abundance of non-native plants offers various benefits to park visitors. Some non-native plants possess medicinal properties, such as anti-diabetic and detoxifying effects, and provide support for joint health. It is important to exercise caution due to the potential health risks associated with certain non-native plant species.
Interestingly, certain non-native plants in the park are harmless and contribute aesthetically to the environment. These plants provide shading and enhance the visual appeal of the area.
The research highlights the importance of carefully selecting and incorporating plants, both native and non-native, to strike a balance between aesthetic considerations and potential health implications. The limited presence of native plants raises questions about the preservation and promotion of Saudi Arabia's indigenous flora. Designers and landscapers should consider the significance of native plants in maintaining the Kingdom's identity while ensuring the safe and beneficial integration of non-native species.
Elantary, Asmaa Dr.
"Flourishing Foliage: Exploring Hail City's Diverse Botanical Landscape,"
Journal of Engineering Research: Vol. 7:
6, Article 20.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.aaru.edu.jo/erjeng/vol7/iss6/20