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As spring arrives, ‘Nuwair’, ‘Malva’ bloom everywhere

KUWAIT: With spring falling early this year in Kuwait, Nuwair and Malva flowers are now beginning to blossom out everywhere in the country, adorning streets, roads and even the desert in a naturally-shaped eye-catching image that brings serenity, joy and delight.

Speaking to KUNA on Nuwair-growing in Kuwait, Dr Sara Al-Ateeqi, a voluntary environment protection team member, said the fact that Nuwair and Malva flowers are now widespread in all Kuwaiti areas actually gives a feeling of calmness and pleasure thanks to their bright yellow and green colors. Nuwair, in fact, is a group of yellow, orange and white spring plants and called Nuwair since it looks like the sun in view of its brilliance and splendor, she said, adding that its name differs from one species to another and even according to the time it grows up.

Blossoming out in desert and along roads during winter and spring, Nuwair is locally renowned as “Al-Hanwa”, “Al-Houthan”, “Al-Zamlouk”, “Al-Marar”, “Al-Adheed” and “Al-Hambzan”, Al-Ateeqi elaborated. With regards to Malva, she said it does not belong to the species of Nuwair. Rather, it is a totally different plant that thrives during the months of January and February.

For his part, Ouda Al-Bathali, a researcher, said that Hamlouq is widespread during this period of the year, with its flowers blooming at sunrise but closing at sunset. Al-Zamlouq is a pure Kuwaiti word that literally means “early” since this species in particular is the first plant to bloom immediately following rainfall, he added. Al-Houthan is a species of flowers that contains five round petals that are fragmented into three parts, Al-Bathali pointed out. – KUNA

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