Camel Thorn (Alhagi maurorum)

Shrub
A. camelorum. A. persarum. Hedysarum pseudalhagi.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Camel Thorn
Alhagi maurorum
Leguminosae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The whole plant is diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and laxative[46, 114].

    An oil from the leaves is used in the treatment of rheumatism[238].

    The flowers are used in the treatment of piles[238].

  • Edible Use

    A sweet-tasting manna is exuded from the twigs at flowering time[2, 22, 105, 177]. It is exuded during hot weather according to one report[1]. It contains about 47% melizitose, 26% sucrose, 12% invert sugar[114]. Another manna is obtained from the pods – it is sweet and laxative[61].

    Root – cooked. A famine food, it is only used in times of need[46, 61, 177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow March/April in a warm greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least the first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in the summer. Cuttings of young shoots in a frame[1].
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained light or medium soil. Plants are not very hardy in Britain, they can be grown outdoors in the summer but require protection in the winter[1]. The stems of the plant are covered in sharp spines[245]. Like the closely related gorse (Ulex europaea) the flowers have a pineapple scent[245]. (A slightly strange report because the gorse flowers have a strong coconut fragrance[K].) This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].
W. Asia – Caucasus to the Himalayas.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.