Alkaloids and ethnobotany of Mexican peyote cacti and related species
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- Bruhn, J.G. & Bruhn, C. Econ Bot (1973) 27: 241. doi:10.1007/BF02872994
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Some Mexican cacti of the genera Ariocarpus, Mammillaria, Obregonia, Pelecyphora, Solisia and Turbinicarpus have been studied with respect to their alkaloids and ethnobotany. Seven previously known cactus alkaloids were identified. N,N-Dimethyl-4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenethylamine was found to occur in Ariocarpus agavoides. In Pelecyphora aselliformis N,N-dimethyl-3-hydroxy-4, 5-dimethoxyphenethylamine was identified as the major alkaloid. The possible relationship between the vernacular names of these plants and their alkaloid content is discusse.