- Botanical: Duboisia myoporoides
- Family: Solanaceae
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It is a shrub or tree. It has a thick and corky bark. 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.
Large doses may be fatal.
New South Wales and Queensland, Australia; New Caledonia.
Alkaloidal sulphates, mainly hyoscyamine and hyoscine.