Fagonia cretica Health effects and herbal facts

Fagonia cretica is a species of plant in the Zygophyllaceae, the Caltrop family, specifically the fagonbushes. It is found in Alicante province, Spain and the Balearic Islands. The Manto de la Virgen is a plant of rocky coastlines, especially on Cabrera, Formentera, Ibiza, and Majorca of the islands. It is a creeping plant and has star-shaped, 5-narrow petal, violet to light violet flowers. Another plant, known colloquially as Fagonia cretica, but actually Fagonia indica, is used as a local herbal remedy by Pakistani women where the leaves are infused into a tea locally called Dramah.

Fagonia cretica

Medical use

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Geografical distribution

  • AFRICA
    Native
    • Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Morocco; Tunisia
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Yemen - Socotra
  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia
    • Western Asia: Cyprus
  • EUROPE
    Native
    • Southeastern Europe: Greece ; Italy - Sicily; Malta
    • Southwestern Europe: Spain

Biological activities

AntiHIV
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Anticarcinomic
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Antifeedant
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Antiflu
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Antiinflammatory
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Antitumor
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Antiviral
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Aphidifuge
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Cytotoxic
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Hypolipemic
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Prostaglandin-Synthesis-Inhibitor
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Topoisomerase-II-Inhibitor
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Chemicals detected

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Betulin Plant
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]