Synonym ► Edwardsia moltis Royle.
Family ► Papilionaceae; Fabaceae.
Habitat ► Himalayas from Kashmir to Nepal, up to an altitude of 2,100 m.
English ► Himalayan Laburnum.
Action ► Seeds—used for destroying vermin. Root—used for promoting hair growth.
The seeds contain an alkaloid cyti-sine. The root imparts dark colour to hair.
The seeds of S. secundiflora Lag. ex DC., known as Mescal-or Coral-Bean (Native to America, grown in Indian gardens) also contain substantial amounts of cytisine.
The alkaloid, (-)-N-methylcytisine, isolated from the seeds, exhibited hy-poglycaemic activity in mice.
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