Contains a complex mix of saponins and prosaponins, involving glucose, glucuronic acid, and oxy-triterpenic acid derived from anabasic acid (HEG; HOC). Thus far I find no reports of the interesting insecticidal alkaloid anabasine in this species, but I suspect it could well be there. Anabasine, if present, is reported to have antismoking, insecticidal, myorelaxant, respirastimulant, sialogogue activities, and is fairly potent as a rodenticide [Ldlo = 10 mg/kg (orl rat)] (PDB).
rose-of-jericho (anastatica hierochuntica l.) ++ brassicaceae
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