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Qatar: Popular plant banned for wreaking havoc on infrastructure

The Damas tree, a common plant whose complex roots damage underground water pipes, can no longer be imported, sold or planted in Qatar, officials have said.

According to local media reports, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has asked nurseries to stop bringing the Conocarpus lancifolius trees into the country.

The fast-growing plants can tolerate heat, drought and salty soil, and are commonly used in landscaping across the Gulf region.

But the MMEís Public Parks Department said the Damas trees are strangling underground pipes and choking drains with their roots.

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Publication date: 1/11/2017



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