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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Gentianales

Familia: Apocynaceae
Subfamilia: Periplocoideae
Genus: Cryptolepis
Species: Cryptolepis sanguinolenta

Cryptolepis sanguinolenta (Lindl.) Schltr.

Westafr. Kautschuk-Exped. 308. 1900
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Cryptolepis sanguinolenta in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Cryptolepis sanguinolenta is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae. An extract from the root is traditionally used in West Africa for malaria.[1]

The roots of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta contain a major alkaloid called cryptolepine.

The roots are also used as a yellow dye.


Ansah, C (2002). "The Popular Herbal Antimalarial, Extract of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, is Potently Cytotoxic". Toxicological Sciences. 70 (2): 245–251. doi:10.1093/toxsci/70.2.245.

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