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A desert plant native to Qatar - popular for use in medicinal remedies. This plant forms sandy mounts where it grows. C. tubulosa forms tiny seeds that can lay dormant for years, withstanding the harsh desert conditions in which it grows.
Some sites show C. tubulosa with purple flowers and some don't. I know it is a Cistanche of some sort but now I am doubting the ID somewhat. None of the species within the Cistanche genus produce chlorophylls which means they are unable to photosynthesise. This means they have adapted to a holoparasitic lifestyle, getting their nutrition solely from other host plants.