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Cytinus hypocistis is a
It has edible and medicinal uses.
S. Europe - Mediterranean.
Maquis and garigue, parasitic on the roots of several species but especially Cistus species[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though it is likely to succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country[
A parasitic plant, producing no chlorophyll[
Young plant - cooked. An asparagus substitute[
Both methanol and water extracts of the whole plant have been shown to be active against Plasmodium falciparum (a protozoan parasite that can cause malaria) strains. The antimalarial activity of these extracts might be attributed mainly to the presence of several hydrolyzable tannins, a group of compounds previously reported to have antimalarial activity[
A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of dysentery.