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Useful Temperate Plants

Hypericum triquetrifolium

Turra

Hypericaceae

+ Synonyms

Hypericum crispum L.

Common Name: Tangled Hypericum

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General Information

Hypericum triquetrifolium is a perennial plant with a dense tangle of thin branches, glabrous but spotted with small black glands; it can grow up to 50cm tall. The sap is resinous. The plant has deep vertical roots and a shallow rhizome system from which new shoots are produced.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Hypericum triquetrifolium is listed as a 'principal' weed in Tunisia and a 'common' weed of Lebanon. In these and other
countries of the Middle East, it is a weed of cereals, orchards, vineyards, and waste places. It has established a small infestation in Australia, where it is listed as a noxious weed. Since it is a weed of annual and perennial crops in a wide range of countries, there is a significant risk of accidental introduction into other countries as a contaminant of crop seed or other agricultural produce or containers.

Known Hazards

The plant is said to be poisonous to livestock.

Botanical References


Range

Mediterranean Region - Spain to Greece; N. Afica - Algeria, Libya; W. Asia - Turkey, south to Egypt (Sinai), east to Iran

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Height0.00 m

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The aerial parts of the plant are antiseptic and astringent. They are applied as a healing agent to wounds[
1276
Title
Antiviral activity of some Tunisian medicinal plants against Herpes simplex virus type 1
Publication
Natural Product Research, 22:1, 53 - 65, 2008
Author
Sassi, A. Ben, Harzallah-Skhiri, F., Bourgougnon, N. and Aou
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786410701589790
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
Extracts of the plant have been shown to be useful in the control of postprandial blood glucose, their effects being achieved mainly through inhibition of carbohydrate metabolizing enzymes (amylases and glucosidases). Due to the mechanism involved in controlling blood glucose, such plant extracts are expected to be also helpful in the management of obesity[
1277
Title
Screening of Jordanian Flora for alpha-Amylase Inhibitory Activity
Publication
Pharmaceutical Biology, 46:10-11, 746-750, 2008
Author
Imad I. Hamdan & Fatma U. Afifi
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13880200802316053
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The aerial parts of the plant have been shown to have a moderately strong inhibitory effect on the production of pancreatic lipase, thus helping to lower lipid levels in the body. It could, therefore, have a role to play in the treatment of obesity[
1278
Title
Screening of Some Medicinal Plants for their Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitory Potential
Publication
Jordan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Volume 4, No. 2, pp 81-88; 2011
Author
Yasser Bustanji; Mohammad Mohammad; Mohammad Hudaib; Khaled
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2019-08-23. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Hypericum+triquetrifolium>

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