Family ► Apocynaceae.
Habitat ► Native to Mexico; cultivated in Indian gardens.
English ► Pagoda tree.
Action ► Root bark—used in herpes, sexually transmitted diseases. Bark—stimulant, emmenagogue. Root—violent cathartic. Latex— purgative, rubefacient.
Iridoids are present in the leaf, stem, flower and root. Plumieride glucoside has been isolated from all parts of the plant. The plumeric acid, isolated from leaves, exhibits promising cytotoxic activity.
Fulvoplumierin (a pigment) inhibits the growth of various strains of My-cobacterium tuberculosis.
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