(Capparis spinosa) is a small, prostrate shrub found on rocky and
hilly localities in the Deccan peninsula, Rajputana and north-western
flower buds and fruits are the useful parts. The buds are pickled
in Europe. They have an acrid, burning taste. It contains a glycoside,
rutin, which on acid hydrolysis gives rhamnose, dextrose and quercetin.
buds also contain pentosans, rutic acid, pectic acid and saponin.
The root bark contains rutic acid and a volatile substance of garlic
and other use
bark is bitter, aperient, diuretic, expectorant, emmenagogue and tonic.
It is used to treat rheumatism, paralysis, tooth ache etc. The bruised
leaves are used as a poultice in gout.