Shrub branched from the base of up to 2. 5 m. tall. Striated stalks, very flexible, gray in color - green. Leaves simple, very small, that come off soon, leaving the stem similar
. Inflorescences in very dense clusters side. Very often with flowers Corolla
butterflies. The fruit is
legume ovoidea, smooth,
seed inside it normally.
The branches with flowers.
Alkaloids: Retamina (0. 4%)
- spartein (paquicarpina)
- spartein, cystine, esferocarpina, anagitina, lupanin, retamina)
Plant poorly studied scientifically. Cited as
tonic and laxative. Popularly used as emenagogo,
While waiting for pharmacological and clinical work to deepen the knowledge of this plant, to be known and its potential toxicity (especially fruits) make its limitations.
Caution / Poisoning.
Its use as an abortifacient is very dangerous, toxic doses can be achieved easily.
. Etude Ethnobotanique une contribution to the Flore Tunisienne. Imprimerie officielle de la République Tunisienne, 1983,
Mulet, L. Toxic Plants of Valencia. Castellon: