Camel grass / Desert bunchgrass

Camel grass / Desert bunchgrass

Plants Identity

Scientific Name

Panicum turgidum Forssk.

Arabic name(s)


English name(s)

Camel grass / Desert bunchgrass






Panicum L.


Panicum turgidum Forssk.



Growth form

Panicum is a desert perennial grass.

Plant’s Description

Ecology (Habitat)& distribution

The desert bunchgrass "Jalil" is abundant on sand sheets, sandy depressions and other sandy accumulations of the Arabian deserts.

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

Narrated by ‘Aisha: When Allah’s Apostle reached Medina, Abu Bakr and Bilal became sick. When Abu Bakr’s fever got worse, he would recite (this poetic verse): “Everybody is staying alive with his People, yet Death is nearer to him than His shoe laces.” And Bilal, when his fever deserted him, would recite: “Would that I could stay overnight in A valley wherein I would be Surrounded by (kinds of good-smelling grass). Would that one day I could Drink the water of the Majanna, and Would that (The two mountains) Shama and Tafil would appear to me!” The Prophet said, “O Allah! Curse Shaiba bin Rabi’a and ‘Utba bin Rabi’a and Umaiya bin Khalaf as they turned us out of our land to the land of epidemics.” Allah’s Apostle then said, “O Allah! Make us love Medina as we love Mecca or even more than that. O Allah! Give blessings in our Sa and our Mudd (measures symbolizing food) and make the climate of Medina suitable for us, and divert its fever towards Aljuhfa.” Aisha added: When we reached Medina, it was the most unhealthy of Allah’s lands, and the valley of Bathan (the valley of Medina) used to flow with impure colored water. Sahih Al Bukhari, book of virtues of Madinah.

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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