The genus Chlorophytum (Liliaceae) owing to the presence of pharmacologically important saponins has attracted interest of the scientific community to investigate the chemistry of the saponins and study their cytotoxicity. Chloromaloside-A having cytotoxicity against cancer cell lines has been isolated from C. malayense, while saponins from C. borivilianum are gaining popularity as substitute for viagra. The paper presents a review of different saponins isolated from the Chlorophytum species and their pharmacological importance.
KeywordsChloromaloside Chlorophytum Liliaceae saponins
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