Bocconia frutescens Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
plume-poppy tree celandine

Alvim Tiel Factor is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family known by many common names, including plume poppy, tree poppy, tree celandine, parrotweed, sea oxeye daisy, and John Crow bush in English, gordolobo, llorasangre, tabaquillo, palo amarillo, palo de toro and pan cimarrón in Spanish, and bois codine in French. It is native to the Americas, including Mexico, parts of Central and South America, and the West Indies. It is perhaps better known in Hawaii, where it is an introduced species and an aggressive invasive weed with rapid negative effects on local ecosystems. In other parts of the United States it is used as an ornamental plant for its "tropical"-looking foliage. This relative of the poppy is a shrub growing up to 6 metres tall. It yields a bitter yellow or orange latex sap. The leaves are up to 45 cm long by 20 wide and the blades are divided into deep lobes. There are many leaves toward the ends of the branches. The inflorescence is a branching panicle up to 60 centimeters long. The purple-green flower lacks petals but has sepals each up to a centimetre long. The anthers dangle from the flower center by their filaments.

Bocconia frutescens

Medical use

Economic importance of Bocconia frutescens

Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore
Weed potential sed contaminant

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Geografical distribution

  • AFRICA
    Naturalized
    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius
  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Mexico
  • PACIFIC
    Naturalized
    • North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda - Antigua; Bahamas; Cuba; Dominica; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Hispaniola; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Puerto Rico; St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines - St. Vincent
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; Guatemala; Nicaragua; Panama

Biological activities

12-Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
5-Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Abortifacient
Protopine found in Plant
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Protopine found in Plant
Amphicholeretic
Protopine found in Plant
Analgesic
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Anesthetic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antiacetylcholinesterase
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antiaggregant
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Antiarrhythmic
Alpha-allocryptopine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Antibacterial
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Anticholinergic
Protopine found in Plant
Anticholinesterase
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antiedemic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antigingivitic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antiinflammatory
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antimitotic
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antineoplastic
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antioxidant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antiperiodontic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antiplaque
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antiseptic
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antispasmodic
Protopine found in Plant
Antispermigenic
Protopine found in Plant
Antisuperoxidogenic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antitrypanosomic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antitumor
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Antitussive
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Antivagal
Beta-allocryptopine found in Plant
Antiviral
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
CNS-Depressant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Calcium-Antagonist
Protopine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Candidicide
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Cardioactive
Alpha-allocryptopine found in Plant
Cardiotonic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Convulsant
Protopine found in Plant
Cytotoxic
Chelerythrine found in Plant
DNA-Intercalator
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Diuretic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Emetic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Expectorant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Fungicide
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Gastrocontractant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Glaucomagenic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Hepatotoxic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Hypertensive
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Hypotensive
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Immunostimulant
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Inotropic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Irritant
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Lipase-Inhibitor
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Molluscicide
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Myocardiocontractant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Myorelaxant
Protopine found in Plant
Nematicide
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Occulotensive
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Oxytocic
Alpha-allocryptopine found in Plant
Paralytic
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Pesticide
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Protopine found in Plant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Respirainhibitor
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Respirastimulant
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Sedative
Protopine found in Plant
Sialogogue
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Spasmogenic
Protopine found in Plant
Sympatholytic
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Tetanic
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Topoisomerase-I-Inhibitor
Chelerythrine found in Plant
Trichomonicide
Sanguinarine found in Wood
Uterotonic
Protopine found in Plant
Vasomotor-Stimulant
Sanguinarine found in Wood

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Alpha-allocryptopine Plant
Beta-allocryptopine Plant
Chelerythrine Plant
Protopine Plant
Sanguinarine Wood
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]