Saturday, October 2, 2010
Plants of Malaysia
Catharanthus roseus (Vinca rosea)
Vinca rosea is a small plant having pink or white flowers of the Family Apocynaceae. This plant has been reclassified as Catharanthus roseus, with a common name of Madagascar periwinkle. It is so known as Madagascar periwinkle because it is claimed to have originated from that country.
This plant has been studied by scientists because of the alkaloids it contains have been reported to have various biological activities such as anticancer activity and hypoglycemic and antihyperglycemic activity. The list below gives examples such study.
Glucosyl Zeatin and Glucosyl Ribosylzeatin from Vinca rosea L. Crown Gall Tumor Tissue by Jay B. Peterson and Carlos O. Miller. 1977. Plant Physiology, volume 59(6):1026-1028
Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle):A Natural Antineoplastic and Antidiabetic
A Botanical Quick Review by Eric Yarnell, ND, RH. 2004. http://www.heronbotanicals.com/Articles/Catharanthus_roseus.pdf
Microtubules as a target for anticanser drugs by Mary Ann Jordan and Leslie Wilson. 2004. Nature Reviews, Volume 4:253-265