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Contains alkaloids typical of the legumes: sparteine, lupinine, cytisine ( see Cytisus laburnum ). Sparteine similar to coneine ( from Conium ) which paralyzes the autonomic nerves after initial stimulation, slows the heart, dilates the ( coronary ) arteries, increases venous tone, slows a rapid pulse, lowers the blood pressure, contracts the uterus, increases the urine secretion. Ash and dried flower parts rich in manganese.
Also contains genestein, a phytoestrogen also gound in soy.
Sheep who browse on it become drugged. ( see Cytisus )
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Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 2001 Sep;79(3-4):385-91.
The root-nodule symbiosis between Sarothamnus scoparius L. and its microsymbionts.
Sajnaga E, Malek W, Lotocka B, Stepkowski T, Legocki A.
Department of General Microbiology, University of M. Curie-Sklodowska, Lublin, Poland.
When nitrogen fixing root nodules are formed, Sarothamnus scoparius (broom) is inoculated with its microsymbionts. Nodules studied under light and electron microscopy exhibited typical indeterminate nodule histology with apical, persistent meristem, age gradient of nodule tissues, and open vascular bundles, and also with some particular features such as: the presence of mitotic activity in the infected meristematic cells, lack of infection threads, distribution of bacteria by process of host cell division, and occurrence of a large bacteroid zone only with infected cells. The results of cross-inoculation tests have shown a broad host range for S. scoparius microsymbionts including not only the native host but also species such as: Lupinus luteus, Ornithopus sativa, Lotus corniculatus, Genista tinctoria, Chamaecitisus ratisbonensis, Macroptilium atropurpureum, and Phaseolus vulgaris. In addition, our data established a close symbiotic relationship of S. scoparius nodulators to Bradyrhizobium sp. (Lupinus) by comparison of the partial sequence of nodC gene of the strain CYT7, specific for the broom, to those from Bradyrhizobium sp. (Lupinus) strain D1 and others available in the public databases.