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Abstract

A new record Moringa oleifera Lam. (Moringaceae) in the flora of Libya.

Abstract

Moringa oleifera Lam. Belongs to the family Moringaceae is recorded for the first time as introduced species in the flora of Libya, this record is add a new family as well. Few trees of M. oleifera were seen in two places, the first one at the petroleum clinic garden in Tripoli city, and the second one at Ghat hospital garden in the south-west of the country, these trees were introduced by Indian physicians who were working at these hospitals before forty years ago. In the last four years, the cultivation of this species was expanded in many parts of the country for its nutritional and medicinal value. Morphological description is provided to facilitate further identification of this species and to warrant its future detection as well.