3 responses to “Heteropterys glabra”

  1. Walt Bubelis

    How wonderful to see this species featured as I just had transplanted some seedlings of Heteropterys salicifolius that I had gathered in Norfolk, Virginia in March.

  2. Pat Collins

    Sorry, a little loving correction again. 1,2,4,6-tetra-O-(3-nitropropanoyl)-β-D-glucopyranoside. Without the brackets you don’t know what is fourfold due to the tetra- prefix. Without the O you don’t know where those four bits are attached.

    This toxin was also found in “Heteropteris aphrodisiaca”, an unresolved name according to the Plant List, the roots of which were used (ill-advisedly, one assumes) as an aphrodisiac in Brazil.

    Although hiptagin has since been found in some members of the Leguminosae it was first isolated from the roots of another member of the Malpighiaceae, Hiptage madablota, sourced from India and probably identical with Hiptage benghalensis. In Java the roots of this plant were also used as an aphrodisiac. Equally dodgy, presumably.

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