Colutea arborescens

Botanical Name :Colutea arborescens
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Colutea
Species: C. arborescens
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Fabales

Common Name :Bladder senna

Habitat : It is native to Europe and North Africa, but it is known on other continents where it is grown as an ornamental and used in landscaping for erosion control.

Description:
Colutea arborescens is a species of leguminous shrub.It is also known in the wild as an occasionally weedy escapee from cultivation. The shrub takes a rounded form and has many branches covered in deciduous leaves. The leaves are made up of many pairs of slightly hairy oval-shaped leaflets, each up to about 3 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a raceme of generally pea-like yellow flowers about 3 centimeters long. The fruit is an inflated bladdery pod which dries to a papery texture. It is 2 to 3 centimeters long and contains many seeds.
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Medicinal Uses:
The leaves are diuretic and purgative. The leaves are sometimes used as a substitute for senna as a laxative, though they are much milder in their action. The seeds are emetic but also toxic. Taken in the form of an infusion, 1 or 2 drachms of the seeds will excite vomiting.

Disclaimer:
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Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colutea_arborescens
http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Colutea_arborescens
http://www.gardensandplants.com/uk/plant.aspx?plant_id=910
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_AB.htm

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