Fagonia cretica

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Fagonia cretica
File:Fagonia cretica.jpg
Bright sunlight: Flower,
stems, and leaves
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Zygophyllales
Family: Zygophyllaceae
Genus: Fagonia
Species: F. cretica
Binomial name
Fagonia cretica

Fagonia cretica (Spanish: Manto de la Virgen, Virgin's Mantle) is a species of plant in the Zygophyllaceae, the Caltrop family, specifically the fagonbushes. It is found in Alicante province, Spain and the Balearic Islands.

The Manto de la Virgen is a plant of rocky coastlines, especially on Cabrera, Formentera, Ibiza, and Majorca of the islands. It is a creeping plant and has star-shaped, 5-narrow petal, violet to light violet flowers.

Another plant, known colloquially as Fagonia cretica, but actually Fagonia indica, is used as a local herbal remedy by Pakistani women where the leaves are infused into a tea locally called Dramah.


Plant has sweet, bitter, sharp and sour taste according to different stages of growth and parts. The color of flowers is purple. Plant has large number of small fruits near thorns.


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