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Corkwood

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  • Botanical: Duboisia myoporoides
  • Family: Solanaceae
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Corkwood

Botanical

Duboisia myoporoides

Family

Solanaceae

Known as

Duboisia

Old Use

medical

Parts Used

leaves

Properties

sedative

Description

It is a shrub or tree. 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).

Properties & Uses

Sedative, hypnotic and mydriatic (of variable strength), which augments the activity of the respiratory system. Its alkaloid, Sulphate of Duboisia, is sometimes used as a substitute for atropine. The homoeopaths use the tincture and the alkaloid for paralysis and eye affections; a red spot interfering with vision is an indication for its use. It is antidoted by coffee and lemon-juice.

Cautions

Large doses may be fatal.

Distribution

New South Wales and Queensland, Australia; New Caledonia.

Constituents

Alkaloidal sulphates, mainly hyoscyamine and hyoscine.

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