Journal of
Horticulture and Forestry

  • Abbreviation: J. Hortic. For.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9782
  • DOI: 10.5897/JHF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 299

Full Length Research Paper

Ecological study on Dobera glabra Forssk. at Jazan region in Saudi Arabia

I. M. Aref, H. A. El Atta* and A. A. Al Ghtani
Department of Plant Production, King Saud University, P. O. Box 2460, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 October 2009
  •  Published: 31 December 2009



Research on Dobera glabra Forssk is very little. A study was carried out in Jazan (south western Saudi Arabia) on the ecology of D. glabra. The species was distributed over a large area, but with decreasing density towards the Red Sea coast. Generally, the density of the species is very little. This is combined with 0% survival of seedlings and samplings after 8 months made the species existence endangered and urgent intervention is required to conserve it. Although the frequency of flowering was normal, nevertheless fruiting is extremely little (0.29%). The species regenerates well with seeds without any pretreatment, however, the seedlings require immediate protection from grazing and other human activities. Seedling growth is extremely slow. All attempts of vegetative propagation of D. glabra from cuttings, failed despite the use of suitable rooting media and growth hormones. Due to the importance of the species as a fodder during the dry season where most other resources are unavailable and as famine food for humans, further research is needed on how to conserve D. glabra.


Key words: Dobera glabra, germination, vegetative propagation, grazing, famine, foods, fodder.