|Its abundant, yellowish-white flowers appearing in spring are not only attractive, but also edible and have a sweet scent||The vertical structure of C|
|Important for grazing, it is browsed by camels||It is used for gastric, ophthalmic and stomach problems, as well as for hair scenting and dying; the dried leaves and stems are used to treat toothache|
|It is a useful plant for sand dune stabilisation, hedges, massed planting and in the foreline of afforestation||Relatively high, its fragile twigs are slender, the leaves tiny and the pretty, red, oval fruit is covered with hairy spines|
|It is often seen growing in a hummock with the sand collected around it: it also occurs in plains and wadis, and is cultivated around desert plantations as a windbreak||comosum is extremely interesting for landscape schemes, although with age the plant tends to fall over and become untidy|
It features frequently in the folk medicine of the desert owing to its food value, high in sugar and nitrogen.