4 responses to “Kadsura interior”

  1. Daniel Mosquin

    “Daniel, you should go photograph the Kadsura“. “Hey, did you know the Kadsura is in bloom?”. Phone call: “You should come take a photo of the Kadsura“. I’m going to embarrass myself nowiiI didn’t know what the big deal was. Why was everyone telling me to go take a photograph?
    Fire up Google. Search for “Kadsura interior”. Ah. It is a big deal. A very big deal. The researchers and staff at UBC are in a select group of hundreds, if not dozens, of North Americans and Europeans who have ever seen Kadsura interior in person. Viewing this photograph makes you part of a similarly-sized small group – as far as I can tell, no images existed of this plant species online until now. Unfortunately, because we have only the one specimen, I’m going to assume we’ll need to successfully propagate it before making it available for the public to see – so the photograph will have to suffice for now!

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Forwarded from Dr. Quentin Cronk:

    Researchers from the Department of Pharmacognosy, Shanghai Medical University, People’s Republic of China have screened Kadsura interior for medically active compounds. Using bioactivity to select fractions of an alcoholic extract of Kadsura interior stems, they isolated twelve lignans, seven of which showed anti-HIV activity. Gomisin-G is the most promising.

    See: Chen DF, Zhang SX, Xie L, Xie JX, Chen K, Kashiwada Y, Zhou BN, Wang P, Cosentino LM, Lee KH. (1997)
    Anti-AIDS agents–XXVI. Structure-activity correlations of gomisin-G-related anti-HIV lignans from Kadsura interior and of related synthetic analogues.
    Bioorg Med Chem. 5: 1715-23.

  3. Kim Payne

    I’ve just made the pleasant discovery of your Botany Photo of the Day(I was looking for information about Piet Oudolf’s talk in Vancouver on July 18th)!
    I am a member of the North Shore Photographic Society, and will be glad to tell my fellow photographers about this feature on your website. I’m sure it will provide intrigue and incentive to our members, and perhaps result in more paying visitors to your collection.
    Keep up the great work.
    Regards,
    Kim Payne, B.F.A.(UBC), B.Ed.(UBC)

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Hi Kim! If you haven’t found it already, you can get that information on the web page for the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group. I’ll have similar information up on this site sometime this month, though.
    Thanks for telling people at the North Shore Photographic Society. If this site does provide incentive to other photographers, I hope one of the messages is “Keep taking pictures. You improve by practicing.” (and one can quite easily see how my photographs have improved over the past couple years with a little digging around the garden web site).
    I should also mention that a huge part of my inspiration comes from two local photographers: June West (who is one of the UBC Friends of the Garden) and Fred Chapman. Fred shared an afternoon with me a few months ago – his photographs made my heart sing.

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