The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 12

Q: Carnivorous plants of the middle East--a sad tale!

A: Alas, the great arid stretches of land in the Middle East are not hospitable to carnivorous plants.

I define the Middle East as in the traditional sense, i.e., ranging from Egypt in the west to Iran in the east. In this area, there are only seven carnivorous plant species. Drosera rotundifolia and several species of Utricularia australis, including Utricularia australis, Utricularia gibba Utricularia inflexa, Utricularia minor, Utricularia stellaris, and Utricularia vulgaris.

Alas, this poor showing of plant carnivory means that many countries apparently have no carnivorous plants in them, including Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates. Bummer for them.

Page citations: Naqinezhad, A. et al. 2007; Rice, B.A. 2006a; Schlauer, J. 2002; Taylor, P. 1989.


Revised: 2018
©Barry Rice, 2018