Polygala paniculata
[Milkwort, Root Beer Plant]
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Plant Notes

| Last updated: February 2023 |

The root of this plant has the smell of root beer. This plant has been growing in my pot for some years now. I have maintain a small population in my pot as the leaves and flower arrangement of the plant looks quite neat. It drops plenty of seeds on the soil surface which help with its continuous propagation over the years.

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[2021] de Paula Nogueira Cruz F, Ferreira de Paula A, Nogueira CT, Marques de Andrade PH, Borges LM, Lacava PT, Baratella da Cunha Camargo IL, Aníbal FF, Paiva de Sousa C. Discovery of a novel lineage Burkholderia cepacia ST 1870 endophytically isolated from medicinal Polygala paniculata which shows potent in vitro antileishmanial and antimicrobial effects. Int J Microbiol 2021;2021:6618559. | Read article |

[2020] Tokumoto Y, Hashimoto K, Soyano T, Aoki S, Iwasaki W, Fukuhara M, Nakagawa T, Saeki K, Yokoyama J, Fujita H, Kawaguchi M. Assessment of Polygala paniculata (Polygalaceae) characteristics for evolutionary studies of legume-rhizobia symbiosis. J Plant Res 2020;133(1):109-122. | Read article |

[2012] Frescura VD, Laughinghouse HD 4th, do Canto-Dorow TS, Tedesco SB. Pollen viability of Polygala paniculata L. (Polygalaceae) using different staining methods. Biocell 2012;36(3):143-145. | Read article |

[2011] Bettio LE, Machado DG, Cunha MP, Capra JC, Missau FC, Santos AR, Pizzolatti MG, Rodrigues AL. Antidepressant-like effect of extract from Polygala paniculata: involvement of the monoaminergic systems. Pharm Biol 2011;49(12):1277-85. | Read abstract |

[2011] Lapa Fda R, Soares KC, Rattmann YD, Crestani S, Missau FC, Pizzolatti MG, Marques MC, Rieck L, Santos AR. Vasorelaxant and hypotensive effects of the extract and the isolated flavonoid rutin obtained from Polygala paniculata L. J Pharm Pharmacol 2011;63(6):875-881. | Read abstract |

[2009] Lapa Fda R, Gadotti VM, Missau FC, Pizzolatti MG, Marques MC, Dafré AL, Farina M, Rodrigues AL, Santos AR. Antinociceptive properties of the hydroalcoholic extract and the flavonoid rutin obtained from Polygala paniculata L. in mice. Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol 2009;104(4):306-15. | Read abstract |

[2007] Lapa Fda R, Freitas CS, Baggio CH, Missau FC, Pizzolatti MG, Santos AR, Marques MC. Gastroprotective activity of the hydroalcoholic extract obtained from Polygala paniculata L. in rats. J Pharm Pharmacol 2007;59(10):1413-1419. | Read abstract |

[2005] Farina M, Franco JL, Ribas CM, Meotti FC, Missau FC, Pizzolatti MG, Dafre AL, Santos AR. Protective effects of Polygala paniculata extract against methylmercury-induced neurotoxicity in mice. J Pharm Pharmacol 2005;57(11):1503-1508. | Read abstract |

[2003] Cristiano R, Pizzolatti MG, Delle Monache F, Rezende CM, Branco A. Two xanthones from Polygala paniculata and confirmation of the 1-hydroxy-2,3,5-trimethoxy-xanthone at trace level by HRGC-MS. Z Naturforsch C J Biosci 2003;58(7-8):490-494. | Read article |

[1985] Hamburger M, Gupta M, Hostettmann K. Coumarins from Polygala paniculata. Planta Med. 1985 Jun;(3):215-217. | Read article |

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