Secondary Metabolites from Basotho Medicinal Plants. II Bulbine capitata

M. A. Qhotsokoane-Lusunzi, Peter Karuso

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Abstract

The medicinal plant Bulbine capitata is used by the Basotho of southern Africa as a mild purgative and to cure gonorrhea infections. Organic extracts of the powdered root were found to be rich in anthraquinones, which may be responsible for the reported laxative effects. Examination of B. capitata led to the isolation of five known anthraquinones: chrysophanol, knipholone, isoknipholone, 10,7′-bichrysophanol and chrysalodin, and one new anthraquinone glycoside, M-4′-demethylknipholone-2′-O-β-D-glucopyranoside.

LanguageEnglish
Pages427-430
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Chemistry
Volume54
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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