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Family Primulaceae
Aegiceras floridum Roem. & Schult.
La zhu guo

Scientific names Common names
Aegiceras ferreum Blume Saging-saging (Tag.)
Aegiceras floridum Roem. & Schult. Tinduk-tindukan (Engl.)
Aegiceras nigricans A.Rich. Black mangrove (Engl.)
  Goat's horn mangrove (Engl.)
  River mangrove (Engl.)
Aegiceras floridum Roem. & Schult. is an accepted name. KEW: Plants of the World Online
Some compilations list Aegiceras corniculatum as a synonym of A. floridum. Most list them as separate species.

Other vernacular names
BENGALI: Khalsi.
CHINESE: La zhu guo.
HINDI: Halsi.
MALAY: Kacang-kacang, Kuku helang, Teruntum.
MALAYALAM: Karinjikkata.
MARATHI: Kajala.

Gen info
- Aegiceras is a genus of trees occurring as mangroves in coastal or estuarine areas.
- The genus was first described in 1788 by Jospeh Gaertner.
- The genus name derives from two Greek words: "aix" meaning 'goat' amd "keras" meaning 'horn', referring to fruits having horns like a goat.
- There are two species accepted by Plants of World Online: Aegiceras floridum and A. corniculatum.
- Considered uncommon with a restricted distribution. The estimated 29% decline in mangrove is within this species range since 1980. It has a narrow range of appropriate habitat as it requires very high salinity. It is now listed as Near Threatened. (5)

Aegiceras floridum is a small tree. Outer bark is grey to brown, with crevices and lenticels. Leaves are skinned, reversed ovoid with rounded tip, the upper side bright and shiny green; the underside pale green, sometimes reddish. Flowers are many, hanging like a bunch of lanters, each flower stalk.stem is 4-6 mm long. Fruit is somewhat straight, greegn to red, containing one seed lengthwise.

- Native to the Philippines.
- Found in rocky and sandy substrates, and along beaches.
- Also native to Lesser Sunda Is., Maluku, New Guinea, Sulawesi. (1)
- IUCN Red List: Near threatened.

- Study isolated a new compound 3-methoxy-5-nonylphenol (1) along with five known ones: 2,8,10-trihydroxy-gH-benzo[c]chromen-6-one (2), 2-hydroxy-5-methoxy-3-nonylbenzo-1,4-quinone (3), 5-(3-hydroxypropyl)-7-methoxy-3-(methylbenzofuran-2-yl)-3-methoxyphenol (4), 2,8-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-3,9-diundecyldibenzofuran-1,4-dione (5), and 10-hydroxy-4-methoxy-2,11-diundecylgomphilactone (6). (see study below) (4)

- Studies have suggested cytotoxic and anticancer properties.

Parts used
- Leaves, roots, bark.


- No reported folkloric medicinal use in the Philippines.

Polyisoprenoids / Leaves and Roots:
Study reports on the patter and existence of polyisoprenoid alcohols (polyprenols.dehydrodolichol and dolichols) in leaves and roots of A. floridum and L. littorea. Type-II showing existence of both dehydrodolichols and dolichols was observed in the leaves of A. floridum, with polyprenol and dolichol chain length C60-Ç80 and C90-C95, respectively. (3)
Cytotoxity Against Cancer Cell Lines / Bark: Study isolated a new compound along with five known ones. The compounds were tested for cytotoxic activity against some cancer cell lines such as human epithelial carcinoma (HeLa), human lung cancer (NCI-H460), liver hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2), human breast cancer (MCF-7) and acute T cell leukemia (Jurkat).  Compound 3 ( 2-hydroxy-5-methoxy-3-nonylbenzo-1,4-quinone) showed moderate activities against MCF-7 with IC50 of 17.77 µM and
with IC50 of 25.02 µM. DPPH radical scavenging assay revealed weak antioxidant activity for compounds 2-4 and 6. (see constituents above) (4)


August 2022

IMAGE SOURCE: / Photo: Primulaceae: Aegiceras floridum: Infructescencer   / @ Copyright © 2014 by P.B. Pelser & J.F. Barcelona (contact: pieter.pelser@canterbury.ac.nz) [ref. DOL90275] / click on image to go to source page / Phytoimages.siu.edu
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: Photo: Primulaceae: Aegiceras floridum: Twig  / @ Copyright © 2012 by P.B. Pelser & J.F. Barcelona (contact: pieter.pelser@canterbury.ac.nz) [ref. DOL48580] / click on image to go to source page / Phytoimages.siu.edu

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Aegiceras floridum / Plants of the World Online

Aegiceras / Wikipedia

Analysis of polyisoprenoids in the leaves and roots of Aegiceras floridum and Luminitzera littorea / Mohammad Basyuni, R Wati, A N Prabuanisa, Hamiuddin / Journal of Physics Conference Series, 1116(5): 052013
/ DOI: 10.1088/1742-6569/1116/5/052013
A new resorcinol derivative from the bark of Aegiceras floridum (Primulaceae) /  Huynh-Van-Long Luu, Thi-Hoai-Thu Nguyen, Thuch-Huy Duong et al / Natural Product Research, 2022; 35(13) /
DOI: 10.1080/14786419.2020.1855163
Aegiceras floridum / Observation.org


DOI: It is not uncommon for links on studies/sources to change. Copying and pasting the information on the search window or using the DOI (if available) will often redirect to the new link page. (Citing and Using a (DOI) Digital Object Identifier)

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