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Useful Temperate Plants

Tetraena alba

(L.f.) Beier & Thulin

Zygophyllaceae

+ Synonyms

Zygophyllum album L.f.

Zygophyllum amblyocarpum Baker f. ex Oliv.

Common Name:

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General Information

Tetraena alba is a succulent-leafed dwarf shrub or subshrub growing about 50cm tall and spreading[
500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.
]. The young parts are greyish, cobwebby tomentose[
500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, and is sometimes used locally to make a toilet water.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.

Range

S. Europe - Greece, Spain; Northern Africa - Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia; Arabian Peninsula; W. Asia - Israel, Turkey

Habitat

Deserts and salty soils in Israel[
288
Title
Flora of Israel
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.botanic.co.il/A/holiday/IMGMAP/PlantsNames.HTML
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A good online flora with habitats and photos.
]

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Mainly found in the warm temperate and subtropical zones, the plant enters the tropics at elevations up to 900 metres in the dry northeast of Africa[
500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.
].
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil[
288
Title
Flora of Israel
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.botanic.co.il/A/holiday/IMGMAP/PlantsNames.HTML
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A good online flora with habitats and photos.
]. Established plants are very drought resistant[
288
Title
Flora of Israel
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.botanic.co.il/A/holiday/IMGMAP/PlantsNames.HTML
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A good online flora with habitats and photos.
]. Plants are tolerant of salty soils[
288
Title
Flora of Israel
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.botanic.co.il/A/holiday/IMGMAP/PlantsNames.HTML
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A good online flora with habitats and photos.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The whole plant is used in the treatment of conditions including diabetes and dental caries and is applied externally to help wounds heal[
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
 
].
An acetonic extract of the plant has been shown to confer a complete cell protection against the Herpes simplex-1 virus[
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 contains tannis, triterpene glycosides and flavonoid glycosides[
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

The tips of the flower clusters, when dried, have a pleasant scent of tea[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. An infusion is used as a toilet water[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].
The plant is used to make a soap for the face and the body[
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
 
].

Propagation

Seed -
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