Thlaspi bursa pastoris
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Several partial analyses have been made of this plant, but none have resulted in the separation and determination of a peculiar principle. The general constituents of plants, and a volatile oil said to be identical with oil of mustard, as well as a fixed oil, have been determined. The active constituent is said to be an organic acid, which Bombelon, a French chemist, termed bursinic acid. He also found a tannate and an alkaloid, Bursine, which resembles sulphocyansinapine.
A peculiar sulphuretted volatile oil, closely similar to, if not identical with oil of mustard, as well as a fixed oil, have been determined and 6 per cent of a soft resin.
During the summer, the plant has a sharp, acrid taste, due to the stimulating principle.