prickly poppy

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Related to argemone: Argemone mexicana, argemone pleiacantha, Argemone oil
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prickly poppy

prickly poppy

WARNING Very sharp thistle-like prickly stems and leaves, so it’s best to wear very thick gloves when handling. White flowers with yellow center are up to 5 inches (13 cm) across and have 6, large, tissue-paper-like petals. From a distance, the flowers look like fried eggs. Stems contain white latex that you can apply to warts moles skin cancer to help eat them away. Considered poisonous when fresh, boiling recommended. The upper part of the plant is sometimes crushed and dried to make a mild sedative, contains a very minute amount of opium so it's a relaxant, helps sleep (all poppies do, even the red and orange ones). The seeds contain toxic alkaloids that sometimes cause glaucoma.
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While the yield percentage of Argemone mexicana in chloroform, methanol and water extract was 3.
Figure 4 shows the activity of chloroform extract of Argemone mexicana.
Figure 5 shows the activity of methanolic extract of Argemone mexicana.
In the aqueous extract of Argemone mexicana in Figure 6, the high dose of extract showed 100% mortality at 192 hours, compared with the metronidazole which gave 98.
With the exception of the extract of Argemone maxicana, all samples were found to be reactive with [beta]-glucuronidase.
Among the species assayed, Argemone mexicana, Cecropia glazioui, Mangifera indica, Persea americana and Tulbaghia violaceae were selected based on their traditional use as antihypertensive and/or diuretics, whereas a chemosystematic approach was adopted for the others.
Recovery of Gly-Gly (% mean; n = 6) Gly-Gly concentration (mmol/l) Plant extract 15 30 45 Argemone mexicana L.