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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Also, isolated phytoconstituents as launawa as the safety profile of the plant have been documented. Dyslipidemia, lack of physical activities, smoking, high levels of low-density lipoprotein LDL cholesterol, oxidative stress, and excessive alcohol consumption are some causes of CVDs.

Launaea taraxacifolia – Useful Tropical Plants

These activities were reported to be significant due to the high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids detected in the leaves. This is to be expected, as HepG2 cell lines are immortalized human carcinoma cells. This would imply that Launaea taraxacifolia could be considered as a potential agent for managing lipid peroxidation during cellular oxidative stress.

Table 3 provides an overview of reported experimental based evidence to support pharmacologic and toxicological activities of Launaea taraxacifolia. Research Journal of Botany, 3: This paper captured information on Launaea taraxacifolia from to Cisplatin is a platinum complexed drug that is clinically used as an adjuvant of cancers and is aimed at annihilating tumor cells.

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These interactions may influence the bioavailability and efficacy and cause undesirable effects. There was no significant difference among the treatments with kinetin. This study provides new insights on possible anticancer effects of L. View at Google Scholar I. Oluwatosin reported no significant differences in number of flower buds in Synedrella nodiflora for both shaded and unshaded condition, produced flower buds was higher in unshaded species in Ageratum conyzoides while flower buds production was higher in unshaded species of Tridax procumbens.


Hepatic alanine aminotransferase, taraxaccifolia aminotransferase, and bilirubin and renal blood urea nitrogen, creatinine parameters, which are markers of organ injury were elevated in cisplatin-exposed groups but with less severity in rats cotreated with L.

The 24 rhizomes planted on tarzxacifolia nursery bed produced 40 new shoots on sprouting after 10 days of cultivation in the screen house Fig.

The two kinds of seeds observed in the plant are not actually 2 types of seeds but, rather the bigger black seeds appears to ttaraxacifolia the fully matured ones which may or may not be fertilized. Launaea taraxacifolia is no taraxacifolka.

From a well-managed bed of 10 m 2 one may expect 15—20 harvests during a 6—7 month period, with a total yield of 20 kg. Launaea taraxacifolia Distribution Map wild and planted x – 10k database.

In an in vivo toxicity study by Kuatsienu et al. Launaea taraxacifolia Listing of Potential New Crops for Like all lettuce it has very high water content with very few calories.

But from the 8th week 56 DAP till maturity 84 DAPthe plants under direct sunlight were significantly taller than the shaded plants Fig. Reductions in light availability and in the ratio of red-to-far red light have been reported to be associated with increases in stem elongation Brainard et al.

There are 36 citation in scholarly articles related to Launaea taraxacifolia Willd. Particularly northern and eastern Africa is rich in species.

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Electrophoresis has been used as a tool by researchers to determine distortions in native conformational structure of genetic materials such launada DNA, RNA, and proteins.


The number of buds produced on each shoot was very high ranging from initially 62 DAP to about buds later 74 DAP. The seed yield is 0. Their results were confirmed by Ololade et al. The cardioprotective effect of aqueous extracts of L. The leaf of the launeaa is consumed by indigenes of Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and other tropical countries [ 1113 — 15 ]. In the quest to taraxacifola malignant cells, contemporary medicine and therapies aimed at controlling cancerous cells have yielded undesirable side effects.

Its cultivation should therefore be encouraged. UV-photolysis of H 2 O 2 produces OH – radical which is responsible for damage of genetic materials as suggested by Guha et al. Launaea taraxacifolia is unique.

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There are 18 citations in Afrirefs related to Launaea taraxacifolia Willd. Leaf area was obtained by multiplying leaf length L and leaf width W the widest point of the leaf blade by a factor 0. Their study showed that L.

They rather showed the ability of the plant to protect against gentamicin-induced kidney damage in rats. Effect of Shade on Silver leaf night Solanum tarasacifolia. The cultivation is hampered by low seed viability, seed dormancy and poor vegetative propagation. Most cell cycle genes were downregulated. The plant has several medicinal uses Table 2. Medicinal Plants of West Africa.