I could well be wrong, never having been to Saudi Arabia, but it looks like the inflorescence of Orobanche
, or similar, a root parasite. (Family Orobanchaceae). There is something very similar in New Zealand.
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Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:37:10 +0300
Subject: [indiantreepix:23118] identification