The dried, flowering herb of Spartium scoparium, L. (Ger. Besenginster, family Leguminosae) yields upon distillation 0,031 p.c. of a dark brown oil with a strong odor which when cooled to 0° congeals in part3). d16o0,8673; A.V. 58,6; E. V. 29,4. It contains furfurol, palmitic acid (m. p. 60 to 61°) and a paraffin that melts at 48 to 49°4).
1) H. Hasnsel, Pharm. Ztg. 47 (1902), 819.
2) Report of Schimmel $ Co. April 1896, 64.
3) H. Haensel, Apotheker Ztg. 24 (1909), 283.
4) The flowers of Spartium junceum, L. (Fr. Genet d'Espagne, Ger. spanischer Ginster) which also belongs to the Genisteae, are extracted in Grasse with volatile solvents for the preparation of perfume.