Wild lettuce (Launaea taraxacifolia) is grown mostly in West Africa, it is call “Efo Yarin” in Yoruba Language of Nigeria. This plant is commonly used as leafy. Abstract Some baseline information on the growth of Launaea taraxacifolia (Willd ) Amin Ex. C Jeffrey was gathered. Rhizomes sprouted within 10 days. African Lettuce (Launaea taraxacifolia) Displays Possible Anticancer Effects and Herb-Drug Interaction Potential by CYP1A2, CYP2C9, and CYP2C19 Inhibition.

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Launaea taraxacifolia

Research Journal of Botany Volume 3 2: Despite the increase in patronage of traditional medicines, evidence-based scientific data on plants used as medicines are rather scattered. Food composition table for use in Africa. Leaf area was obtained by multiplying leaf length L and leaf width W the widest point of the leaf blade by a factor 0. We investigated the effects of crude aqueous extracts of L. This systematic review aimed to provide a comprehensive and updated information on the botanical aspects, ethnopharmacological uses, nutritional, phytochemistry, pharmacological activities, and toxicological assessment of extracts of Launaea taraxacifolia leaves to explore its launzea potential and evaluate future research prospects.

Volume 1, Families A—D. Denaturation of proteins has been suggested by various researchers to be the cause of inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis.

Removing the pappus from the fruits is a cumbersome process and since the seed germination percentage is rather low, vegetative propagation using the roots is common. The higher leaves are auriculate and toothed with the lower leaves tapering at the base. Other than some farmers making their own selections, no breeding work is currently being done on yanrin.


Not much is documented about the growth of L. Ethnic names of Launaea taraxacifolia plant in some African countries. For proximate analysisthe fresh leaves were macerated in a mortar with Na 2 CO 3 in order to aid digestion Table 1.

This activity has been associated with biologically active compounds and may be useful in drug development. This abnormal lipid accumulation is often seen in individuals with obesity, hepatitis C, etc. In this regard, a number of safety taraxacifolka have been conducted on L. Thomford and colleagues reported in [ 3053 ] a study they carried out to evaluate the effect of Launaea taraxacifolia extract on recombinant human CYP2B6 enzyme activity on the potential of L.

The plant is predominant in tropical African countries of Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Benin, and Tanzania with the Ethiopian highlands being known as its place of origin.

Laaunaea of Tropical East Africa.

Launaea taraxacifolia (Willd.) Amin ex y

Launaea taraxacifolia launaeataraxacifolia x – 9k – gif www. Using the UV-H 2 O 2 model, the investigators showed atraxacifolia structurally damaged DNA without protection from Launaea taraxacifolia leaf extract had the slowest mobility on the gel compared to native supercoiled circular DNA. Photoperiod, light intensity and light quality influence plant growth and development from seed germination to flowering.

These conditions were significantly corrected in rats that were treated with L. Embryo rescue technique has been proposed as a solution to the seed sterility problem traxacifolia the crop. View at Google Scholar M. The best time for the harvest appears to be between the 6th and 8th weeks after planting.


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African lettuce Launaea taraxacifolia is cultivated extensively in Africa, from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia and Tanzania in the east, and in Southern Africa. Launaea taraxacifolia belongs to the domain Eukaryota, kingdom Plantae, and subkingdom Viridae Plantae.

The pappus attached to the fruits allows their dispersal by wind. Malondialdehyde MDAan example of such reactive aldehydes, is used as a marker to determine lipid peroxidation.

View at Google Scholar L. Once the plant has developed and starts producing leaves, regular harvesting is recommended.

Launaea taraxacifolia – Useful Tropical Plants

The Ethiopian highlands have been suggested as the place of origin, from where it was introduced elsewhere and spread as a weed.

Aqueous extract of L. De Simone et al.

It is an erect perennial herb with leaves at the base of the stem in a rosette form. Growing Native Vegetable in Nigeria. It is the only species in the Asteraceae family without any trichome. The plant, commonly found in West Africa, is used in the management of many diseases including cardiovascular, respiratory, haematological, endocrine, and metabolic launawa in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Serra Leone, and Senegal.

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