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Himatanthus drasticus (Mart.) Plumel

  • André Sobral
  • Alessandro Rapini
  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
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Part of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World book series (MAPW, volume 5)

Abstract

The South American genus Himatanthus (Apocynaceae) includes nine species. Himatanthus drasticus, known in Brazil as “janaguba,” is used in popular medicine to treat inflammation, gastric ulcers and tumors. Scientific studies have confirmed that its latex, popularly referred to as “leite de janaguba” (janaguba milk), exhibits some important therapeutic activities.

Keywords

Apocynaceae Janaguba Latex Cerrado Brazil 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • André Sobral
    • 1
  • Alessandro Rapini
    • 2
  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos, Departamento de BotânicaUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Biological Sciences DepartmentState University of Feira de Santana (Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana)Feira de SantanaBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Botânica, Centro de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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