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Scientific Name: Ammodaucus leucotrichus

Location: East of Layoune , Morocco

Sahraoui [Hassaniyya] Name: [ Kamoun es Sofi] Photographed: May 2013


Brief Description: An annual that is found throughout the Sahara. There is growing concern, however, that the species is becoming endemic. It is often present at wadis and in sandy-gravel soils. Hassaniyya speakers distinguish between two different types, (1) the Kamoun es Sofi (pictured above) which is present along wadis and its fruits are covered with shorter hairs compared to (2) Kamoun er Reg [ ] which is found at the top of hamadas and fruits have longer hairs. With both types the fruits are collected and used as either a condiment in tea or in flavoring meats before cooking.