Yucca aloifolia Linn

Family ► Liliaceae, Agavaceae.

Habitat ► Common in gardens in warm tropical regions.

Flowers contain aloifoline. Seeds contain indole melanins. The leaves contain tigogenin (76%), sarsasapo-genin, gitogenin, hecogenin, smila-genin, neotigogenin and samogenin.

Aloifoline is specifically active against Lewis lung-tumour as well as other transplanted mouse neoplasms.

Several spirostanol saponin glyco-sides from rhizomes and inflorescence have been isolated.

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