Retama raetam

Family: Leguminosae

Life form (Raunkiaer) :Phanerophyte shrub

Leaves :Alternate, entire

Flowers :White

Habitat :Sand, marginal and desert lands.

Distribution :The Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts

Description: Shrub, with woody stem and many narrow, green, hanging branches. Leaves minute or scale-like, grayish, fallen soon. Flowers white-pinkish, 1-1.5 cm long, nice smelling, short pediceled, hanging, arranged along lateral, soft branches. Fruits single seeded pod, 1 cm long.

Usage:  Branches are used for eye troubles, wounds. As emetic, purgative and febrifuge. Roots are antidiarrheal.



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