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Corkwood
Corkwood
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Duboisia
Species: D. myoporoides
Binomial name
Duboisia myoporoides
R.Br.

Duboisia myoporoides, or Corkwood, is a shrub or tree native to high-rainfall areas on the margins of rainforest in eastern Australia. It has a thick and corky bark[1]. The leaves are obovate to elliptic in shape, 4–15 cm long and 1–4 cm wide. The small white flowers are produced in clusters. This is followed by globose purple-black berries (not edible).

Uses

The leaves are a commercial source of pharmaceutically useful alkaloids. The same alkaloids render all plant parts poisonous. The leaves contain a number of alkaloids, including hyoscine (scopolamine), used for treating motion sickness, stomach disorders, and the side effects of cancer therapy.[2]

Duboisia myoporoides bark at Wyrrabalong National Park, Australia

References

  1. ^ " Duboisia myoporoides ". PlantNET - NSW Flora Online. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/AG111. Retrieved 2008-10-27.  
  2. ^ Low, T., Bush Medicine, A Pharmacopoeia of Natural Remedies, Angus & Robertson, 1990, pp210-211 ISBN 0 207 16462 2

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