Arabian pea

Bituminaria bituminosa

''Bituminaria bituminosa'', the Arabian pea or pitch trefoil, is a perennial Mediterranean herb species in the genus ''Bituminaria''. The pterocarpans bitucarpin A and B can be isolated from the aerial parts of ''B. bituminosa''.
Arabian Pea - Bituminaria bituminosa A plant that you can also find in the Iberian peninsule. Another Spanish name is Tedera. Bituminaria bituminosa,Geotagged,Spain,Spring

Appearance

It is easily recognizable by the characteristic smell of bitumen from its leaves. This strong tar-like characteristic aroma appears to be the result of a combination of several substances such as phenolics, sulphurated compounds, sesquiterpenes and probably short-chain hydrocarbon.

Uses

It has several potential uses: forage crop, Phytostabilization of heavy metal contaminated or degraded soils, Synthesis of furanocoumarins , compounds of broad pharmaceutical interest.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderFabales
FamilyFabaceae
GenusBituminaria
SpeciesB. bituminosa
Photographed in
Spain