National Academy Science Letters

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 461–464 | Cite as

A Note on the Current Distribution of Nicotiana plumbaginifolia (Solanaceae) in the United Arab Emirates

  • Sanjay GairolaEmail author
  • Ali El-Keblawy
  • Tamer Mahmoud
Short Communication


Present study describes the current distribution of Nicotiana plumbaginifolia Viviani in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Early in 2003, it was recorded only once in the UAE, but presently it was found growing in different places in the country. It has been observed at two more locations in the UAE after a gap of 12 years from the first report. It is, however, possible that N. plumbaginifolia grows at other sites in the UAE, for which continuous surveys are underway. Based on its invasive nature and fast colonisation properties, there is a strong possibility that this species may naturalise and become a potential alien weed. The noticeable increase in the population size, since last few years warrants attention for its potential spread, as a weed, in farms and disturbed sites in the UAE.


Distribution Naturalisation Nicotiana plumbaginifolia Sharjah Seed bank and Herbarium Weed 



Authors are thankful to Sharjah Research Academy for encouragement and support. Mr. H. Shabana is thanked for his help in the field.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjay Gairola
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ali El-Keblawy
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tamer Mahmoud
    • 1
  1. 1.Sharjah Seed Bank and HerbariumSharjah Research AcademySharjahUAE
  2. 2.Department of Applied Biology, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of SharjahSharjahUAE
  3. 3.Department of Biology, College of ScienceSuez Canal UniversityAl-ArishEgypt

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