Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh
Medicinal Plants Database of Bangladesh includes the authentic Taxonomic Information, Vernacular/Bangla Name, Tribal and English Name, Family, Description and Photograph of the Plants, Chemical Constituents, Uses and Distribution of the species in Bangladesh. MPBD also contain dictionary of Botanical and Pharmacological terms.
Synonyms: W. viridiflora Meissn., Daphne indica L. English name: Small-leaf Salago.
Description of the Plant:
A small slender bushy shrub, about 60 cm tall. Leaves subcoriaceous, crowded, oblong or obovate, rounded at tip, base cuneate, 2.5 cm long. Flowers in very short, terminal fascicles. Perianth-tube glabrous, yellow, 1 cm long, lobes short. Drupe ellipsoid, scarlet, 5 mm long.
The root and stem bark are considered vesicant and purgative; mixed with salt and ginger is given as a purgative. It is also used as a fish poison.
Wikstromol contained in the plant showed CNS depressant activity in rabbits (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).
A new lignan – wikstromol along with arctigenin, matairesinol and pinoresinol have been isolated from this plant. Plant also contains wikstrosin and daphnoretin (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).
Hill forests of Chittagong.