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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More assimilates are partitioned for vegetative growth and genotype tends to be fixed because of vegetative taraxacifoliq. Hepatic alanine aminotransferase, aspartate 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.

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The sizes of the roots planted and the resultant plants after sprouting. From the 4th week till maturity, number of leaves was significantly higher in plants under direct sunlight than those under shade Fig. Histological and biochemical studies reveal that Launaea taraxacifolia displays brain protective effects against lead acetate and mercuric launeaa induced oxidative stress. Effects of shading have been quantified supporting the statement of Ayodele that Launaea taraxacifolia plants need a sunny place and do not tolerate shade.

As soon as these develop, production drops and the leaf size and quality deteriorate. A study conducted by Koukoui et al. Leaves and flowers of Launaea taraxacifolia plant.

Launaea taraxacifolia 1, basal paunaea of plant; 2, In the quest to eliminate malignant cells, contemporary medicine and therapies aimed at controlling cancerous cells have yielded undesirable side effects.


Launaea taraxacifolia

The lainaea of buds produced on each shoot was very high ranging from initially 62 DAP to about buds later 74 DAP. The medicinally important leafy vegetables of South West Taraxacifloia. Data presented up to date demonstrate that there is evidence that support the ethnopharmacological uses of Launaea taraxacifolia. Although, in general, there have not been negative reports from individuals who incorporate the leaves of Launaea taraxacifolia in their meals, there is the need, therefore, for further research to be conducted in this area to determine the most effective, yet nontoxic, dose of the plant extract.

It also reveals information gaps such as the need to research into its pharmacokinetics, interactions with drugs of importance, and tarqxacifolia development into a plant-based drug in order to expand its clinical use.

Launaea taraxacifolia – Useful Tropical Plants

Not much is documented about the growth of L. Wild yanrin has hard leaves that are very bitter, whereas leaves of cultivated types are more tender and less bitter. Free radicals may alter the lwunaea structure of endogenous lipids, proteins, DNA, and other important molecules that may lead to tissue damage, triggering many diseases in that regard.

It also contains some protein. 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.

Launaea comprises about 55 species and occurs in Africa and south-western Asia, but a single species Launaea intybacea Jacq.

There are book citations related to Launaea taraxacifolia Willd. The plant, commonly found in West Africa, is used in the management of many diseases including cardiovascular, respiratory, haematological, endocrine, and metabolic diseases in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Serra Leone, and Senegal. Revision of Launaea Cass.


The plants were then continuously watered until well established before transferring to individual pots. Malondialdehyde MDAan example of such reactive aldehydes, is used as a marker to determine lipid peroxidation. Flowering was totally inhibited in plants that were subjected to shade till the end of the experiment while plants under direct sunlight began to flower from the 8th week 56 DAP.

Photoperiod, light intensity and light quality influence plant growth and development from seed germination to flowering. There are 1 study abstracts related to Launaea taraxacifolia Willd. Boyd and Murray also reported in a related experiment that plant height increases with decreasing irradiance until photosynthate production becomes limiting.

This corresponds to observations in this experiment where the average dry weight of the rhizomes of plants under the shade was significantly smaller compared to that in full sunlight indicating the necessity of light for below ground vegetative parts either through increased photosynthate production for partitioning to below ground vegetative production or otherwise. There are no records of production Adebisi, Jeffrey is a herb found mostly in tropical Africa.

Launaea taraxacifolia (Willd.) Amin ex y

Its cultivation should therefore be encouraged. Histological studies of kidney tissues showed an insignificant change in tubular epithelium in L. Traditional medicine is gaining prominence due to its therapeutic benefits. We investigated the effects of crude aqueous taraxxacifolia of L. The plant does not show any overt toxicity in in vivo and in vitro safety studies.