Spiny Fruit

Spiny Fruit

Plants Identity

Scientific Name

Neurada procumbens L.

Arabic name(s)


English name(s)

Spiny Fruit






Neurada L.


Neurada procumbens L.



Growth form

Spiny fruit plant is a desert, annual creeping herb.

Plant’s Description

Ecology (Habitat)& distribution

Sa’adan "spiny fruit" is wildly distributed at the sandy desert habitats of the Arabian Peninsula and Qatar.

Geographic distribution

Plant’s Citations in the Holy Qur’an

The plant is not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

Other Citations for the plant in the Holy Qur’an

Other Citations for the plant in the Hadith

Sa’adan has been mentioned in the Hadith described the conditions of people who pass the straight-path on Doomsday. Narrated by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri: the Prophet said “Then the bridge would be set up over the Hell and intercession would be allowed and they will say: O God, keep safe, keep safe. It was asked: Messenger of Allah, what is this bridge? He said: The void in which one Is likely to slip. There would be hooks, tongs, spits like the thorn that is found in Najd and is known as Sa’adan. The believers would then pass over within the twinkling of an eye, like lightning, like wind, like a bird, like the finest horses and camels.” Sahih Muslim, book of Faith.

Other Citations for the plant in the Hadith

History of the Plant

Stories about the plant in Holy Qur’an

Stories about the plant in Sunnah

The plant in the Arabic Literature


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Functional Uses



Traditional Uses


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Constituents (Chemical composition)

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Cultivation (Agriculture)

Cultivation History

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Harvesting & Yield