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Useful Temperate Plants

Frankenia pulverulenta

L.

Frankeniaceae

+ Synonyms

Franca nodiflora Vis.

Franca pulverulenta (L.) Vis.

Frankenia canescens C.Presl

Frankenia cespitosa Lowe

Frankenia densa Pohnert

Frankenia florida L.Chevall.

Frankenia intermedia Costa

Frankenia nodiflora Lam.

Frankenia pampeana Speg.

Common Name:

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General Information

Frankenia pulverulenta is a prostrate annual plant, richly branched from the base, with stems 6 - 30cm long[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
We have found no known traditional uses for this plant, but research has shown that the plant has potential as an antiviral in the treatment of Herpes simplex virus.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

Widespread in warm temperate and subtropical, mainly arid and subarid egions; especially in the Mediterranean, S. Africa and central Asia

Habitat

High-salinity grasslands of floodlands, by lakes, always on moist and slightly alkaline soils in desert regions; at elevations from 1,200 - 1,500 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

HabitAnnual
Height0.10 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Frankenia pulverulenta has a very wide range both as a native and an introduced naturalized plant. It is found mainly in the Mediterranean regions of the world, also being found in the more continental climate of central Asia and western China.
The plant is almost always found in the wild in moist saline soils, often on land that can be seasonally flooded.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Both acetonic and methanolic extracts of the aerial parts of the plant inhibited Herpes simplex virus propagation, with not much Vero cells destruction[
1276
Title
Antiviral activity of some Tunisian medicinal plants against Herpes simplex virus type 1
Publication
Natural Product Research, 22:1, 53 - 65, 2008
Author
Sassi, A. Ben, Harzallah-Skhiri, F., Bourgougnon, N. and Aou
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786410701589790
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. The plant has been shown to contain several flavanols, which are believed to be at least partially responsible for this activity[
1276
Title
Antiviral activity of some Tunisian medicinal plants against Herpes simplex virus type 1
Publication
Natural Product Research, 22:1, 53 - 65, 2008
Author
Sassi, A. Ben, Harzallah-Skhiri, F., Bourgougnon, N. and Aou
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786410701589790
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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