Gloriosa superba Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
climbing-lily creeping-lily flame-lily glory-lily

Gloriosa superba is a species of flowering plant in the family Colchicaceae. English language common names include flame lily, climbing lily, creeping lily, glory lily, gloriosa lily, tiger claw, and fire lily. Names in other languages include kalihari, lis de Malabar, aranha de emposse, bandera española [Spanish flag], mkalamu, klänglilja, riri, and jia lan. It is native to much of Africa and Asia, but it is known worldwide as an ornamental plant, a medicine, a poison, and a noxious weed.

Gloriosa superba

Medical use

Economic importance of Gloriosa superba

Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore
Vertebrate poisons mamals

Gallery

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Geografical distribution

  • AFRICA
    Native
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • West Tropical Africa: Senegal
    • South Tropical Africa: Mozambique
    • Southern Africa: Botswana; Namibia; South Africa - Cape Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal; Swaziland
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar
  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • China: China - Yunnan
  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Nepal; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia - Celebes , Java, Lesser Sunda Islands

Biological activities

Absorbent
Starch found in Bulb
Acetylcholinergic
Glucose found in Bulb
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Allergenic
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Analgesic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Anesthetic
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Antialzheimeran
Choline found in Bulb
Antiarthritic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antibacterial
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Colchicine found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Anticarcinomic
3-desmethylcolchicine found in Leaf
Antichoreic
Choline found in Bulb
Anticirrhotic
Choline found in Bulb
Colchicine found in Bulb
Anticystinuric
Choline found in Bulb
Antidandruff
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antidementia
Choline found in Bulb
Antidermatitic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antidermatotic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antidiabetic
Choline found in Bulb
Antidyskinetic
Choline found in Bulb
Antieczemic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antiedemic
Glucose found in Bulb
Antihepatotoxic
Glucose found in Bulb
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Antiherpetic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antihomocysteine
Choline found in Bulb
Antiichthyosic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antiinflammatory
Colchicine found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Antiketotic
Glucose found in Bulb
Antileukemic
3-desmethylcolchicine found in Leaf
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antimalarial
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antimanic
Choline found in Bulb
Antimelanomic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antimeningitic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antimitotic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antinesidioblastosic
Starch found in Bulb
Antineuralgic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antinociceptive
Choline found in Bulb
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Antioncychomycotic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antiophidic
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Antiotitic
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Antioxidant
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Antipericarditis
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antiperiodic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antipodagric
Colchicine found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antipolyserositic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antiprostatotic
Phytosterols found in Plant
Antipsoriac
Colchicine found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antipyretic
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Colchicine found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antirheumatic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antisalmonella
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Antisarcomic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antiseborrheic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antiseptic
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antispasmodic
Chrysophanic-acid found in Bulb
Antisteatotic
Choline found in Bulb
Antithrombocytopenic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antitrypanosomic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antitubulin
2-demethylcolchicine found in Bulb
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antitumor
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antitympanitic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Antivaricose
Glucose found in Bulb
Antivasculitic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Antiviral
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Antiyeast
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Artemicide
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
CNS-Paralytic
Colchicine found in Bulb
CNS-Stimulant
Colchicine found in Bulb
COX-2-Inhibitor
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Calcium-Antagonist
Chrysophanic-acid found in Bulb
Cancer-Preventive
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Carcinogenic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Cardioactive
Colchicine found in Bulb
Cardiodepressant
Choline found in Bulb
Cerebrotonic
Choline found in Bulb
Choleretic
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Cholinergic
Choline found in Bulb
Comedolytic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Cyclooxygenase-Inhibitor
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Cytotoxic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Dermatitigenic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Emetic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Emollient
Starch found in Bulb
Estrogenic
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Expectorant
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
FLavor
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Fungicide
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Chrysophanic-acid found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Hepatoprotective
Choline found in Bulb
Colchicine found in Bulb
Hyperglycemic
Glucose found in Bulb
Hypertensive
Colchicine found in Bulb
Hypocholesterolemic
Phytosterols found in Plant
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Hypoglycemic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Hypotensive
Choline found in Bulb
Ileorelaxant
Choline found in Bulb
Insectifuge
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Irritant
Colchicine found in Bulb
Keratitigenic
Chrysophanic-acid found in Bulb
Keratolytic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Lipotropic
Choline found in Bulb
Memorigenic
Choline found in Bulb
Memory-Enhancer
Glucose found in Bulb
Occuloirritant
Chrysophanic-acid found in Bulb
Ovulant
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Parasympathomimetic
Choline found in Bulb
Pesticide
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Chrysophanic-acid found in Bulb
Colchicine found in Bulb
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Phytoalexin
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Poultice
Starch found in Bulb
Purgative
Colchicine found in Bulb
Respiradepressant
Colchicine found in Bulb
Sedative
Stigmasterol found in Bulb
Sympathomimetic
Colchicine found in Bulb
Thermogenic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Tineacide
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Tyrosinase-Inhibitor
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Ulcerogenic
Salicylic-acid found in Bulb
Uricosuric
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb
Colchicine found in Bulb
Vulnerary
Benzoic-acid found in Bulb

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