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Useful Tropical Plants

Euchresta horsfieldii

(Lesch.) Benn.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Andira horsfieldii Lesch.

Euchresta horsfeldii (Lesch.) Benn.

Euchresta strigillosa C.Y.Wu

Common Name:

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General Information

Euchresta horsfieldii is an erect shrub with flexouos stems; it can grow up to 150cm tall[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

The seeds contain the toxic alkaloid cytisine. Its molecular structure has some similarity to that of nicotine and it has similar pharmacological effects. It is sometimes used as an aid to stopping smoking, and it is also sometimes used recreationally, where it can induce a nicotine-like intoxication. However, this practice is not recommended, since negative side effects can include nausea, vomiting, convulsions, heart pain, headache and, in larger doses, even death via respiratory failure.

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines

Habitat

Lower montane forest; at elevations up to 2,000 metres.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots are chewed as a cure for snakebite[
345
Title
Minor Products of Philippine Forests
Publication
 
Author
Brown. W. H.
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry, Manilla.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A useful guide to some of the plants of the area, though terse on details. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from the Internet.
]. The plant is held to be an antidote to poisons of any description.

The leaves are used in the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, asthma, coughing up of blood and a dry cough[
1454
Title
Potential of Euchresta horsfieldii (Lesch.) Benn. Leaf Extract to Prevent Oxidative Stress through decrease of Malon
Publication
World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol 5, Issue 1,. pp 1340-1352, 2016
Author
I.W.G. Gunawan, K. Suastika, A. A. Bawa Putra
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2278-4357
Description
 
]. Other uses are as an antidote to snake venom, alfrodisiakum and induce vomiting due to food poisoning[
1454
Title
Potential of Euchresta horsfieldii (Lesch.) Benn. Leaf Extract to Prevent Oxidative Stress through decrease of Malon
Publication
World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol 5, Issue 1,. pp 1340-1352, 2016
Author
I.W.G. Gunawan, K. Suastika, A. A. Bawa Putra
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2278-4357
Description
 
].

Tests have shown that the leaf extract is an effective antioxidant and can be of value in treating diabetes[
1454
Title
Potential of Euchresta horsfieldii (Lesch.) Benn. Leaf Extract to Prevent Oxidative Stress through decrease of Malon
Publication
World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol 5, Issue 1,. pp 1340-1352, 2016
Author
I.W.G. Gunawan, K. Suastika, A. A. Bawa Putra
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2278-4357
Description
 
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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