Capparis spinosa

Capparis spinosa is a common perennial shrub in the Mediterranean regions. The plant has a natural distribution in the coastal regions of the entire Mediterranean Sea basin (from the Atlantic coasts of the Canary Islands and Morocco to the Black Sea to the Crimea and Armenia, and eastward to the Caspian Sea and into Iran). The fruits and the root of the plant have been used in gout and also as diuretics, astringents and tonics in traditional medicine. Its flower buds have some medical uses and are taken to improve liver functions or as a kidney disinfectant.