Zygophyllum album L.f.
Zygophyllum amblyocarpum Baker f. ex Oliv.
Tetraena alba is a succulent-leafed dwarf shrub or subshrub growing about 50cm tall and spreading[
]. The young parts are greyish, cobwebby tomentose[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, and is sometimes used locally to make a toilet water.
Northern Africa - Ethiopia, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia; Arabian Peninsula; W. Asia - Israel, Turkey; S. Europe - Greece, Spain.
Deserts and salty soils in Israel[
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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[
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil[
]. Established plants are very drought resistant[
]. Plants are tolerant of salty soils[
The whole plant is used in the treatment of conditions including diabetes and dental caries and is applied externally to help wounds heal[
An acetonic extract of the plant has been shown to confer a complete cell protection against the Herpes simplex-1 virus[
The plant contains tannis, triterpene glycosides and flavonoid glycosides[
The tips of the flower clusters, when dried, have a pleasant scent of tea[
]. An infusion is used as a toilet water[
The plant is used to make a soap for the face and the body[
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