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Family Celastraceae
Lophopetalum toxicum Loher

Scientific names Common names
Lophopetalum celebicus Koord. Abuab (Tag.)
Lophopetalum toxicum Loher Abutab (Tag.)
Lophopetalum fimbriatum F.-Vill. Butiñgi (Tag.)
Lophopetalum fuscescens Kurz. Buyum (Sul.)
Lophopetalum javanicum (Zoll.) Turcz. Dayandang (Tag.)
Lophopetalum oblongum King Dita (Neg.)
Lophopetalum paucinervium Merr.. Kalibambañgan (Man.)
Hippocratea maingayi Vidal Puti-i-babe (Lan.)
  Puti-i-lalaki (Lan.)
  Sudkad (P. Bis.)
Lophopetalum toxicum Loher is an unresolved name. The Plant List
The are more than 36 species under Lophopetalum; all are unresolved. The PLant List
Quisumbing's compilation lists L. toxicum as endemic to the Philippines. Other compilations report L. toxicum in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Sumatra, Moluccas and New Guinea.

Other vernacular names
INDONESIAN: Perupuk, Batak-sumatra, Madang gmbici.
JAVANESE: Mandalaksa.
MALAYSIA: Perupok, Kachang rimba, Perupok dual.
PAPUA: Tatokwa.
THAI: Phuamphro.

Abuab is a tree growing to a height of 25 to 50 meters. Leaves are opposite or occasionally alternate, smooth, oblong, often 15 to 18 centimeters long but sometimes reaching a length of 25 centimeters, about 7 centimeters wide, and usually pointed at both ends. Flowers are greenish white, about 1 centimeter in diameter, with five petals, and borne in terminal or axillary panicles. Fruit is leathery and smooth, reaching a 12 centimeters long and 2.5 centimeters wide, with three, broad, longitudinal wings.

- In primary forests at low and medium altitudes up to 1000 meters, in Rizal, Quezon, Laguna, and Camarines Provinces in Luzon; in Mindoro, Masbate, Leyte Mindanao, and the Sulu Archipelago.
- Also reported in Thailand, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Celebes, Moluccas and New Guinea.

- Plant yields a physiologically active substance, a saponin which in poisonous in small quantities. (10)
- Study isolated a glucoside, lophopetalin.
- Study yielded lophopetalin, 0.2%; saponin; phytosterine, 5%; luperol; betulin; and a new stearin.
- Phytochemical screening of leaves yielded flavonoids, steroids, tannins, and triterpenoids (see study below) (8)
- Studies on the bark have yielded the known k-Strophanthidin (1), Antiarigenin (6) and β-Antiarin (Antiarigenin-3-β-O-α-l-rhamnoside (10),
mono- and diglycosides were identified, viz. strophanthidin-3-β-O-α-6-desoxy-d-allopyranoside (strophalloside, 2), strophanthidin-3-β-O-β-6-desoxy-d-glucopyranoside (= Strophanthidin chinovoside, 3), strophanthidin-3-β-O[-4Oβ-d-allopyranosyl-β-6-desoxy-d-allopyranoside] (4), strophanthidin-3-β-O-[3-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl-β-6-desoxy-d-talopyranoside] (5), antiarigenin-3-β-O-[3-O-β-d-gulopyranosyl-β-6-desoxy-d-talopyranoside] (7), antiarigenin-3-β-O-[4O-β-d-allopyranosyl-β-6-desoxy-d-allopyranoside] (8), and antiarigenin-3-β-O-β-6-desoxy-d-allopyranoside (antiallosid) (9). (see study below) (6)

- Studies have shown antimicrobial, free radical scavenging, thrombolytic, membrane stabilizing, cytotoxic and positive inotropic activities.

Parts used
Bark sap.


- In the Philippines, thickened sap of the bark used by the Negritos and other hillmen to poison the tips of their arrows or darts.
- Wood: Timber used for light construction, furniture, plywood and panelling.
- Poison: Bark used as constituent of dart poison.

The studies are from L. toxicum and the synonyms in Quisumbing's compilation, many of which are unresolved names.
Cardiac glycosides / Arrow Poison:
A combined analytic method is described for the identification of eight 6-deoxyhexoses of cardiac glycosides found in the arrow poison of LT.
Phytochemical screening / Bark:
Study isolated a crystalline substance from the bark of LT. Preliminary tests yielded saponin, terpenoids, and steroids. Petroleum ether and ether extract isolated a triterpenoid compound. (3)
Free Radical Scavenging / Membrane Stabilizing Potential: Study evaluated a crude methanolic extract of leaf of Lophopetalum fimbriatum and C. inophyllum as well as their fractions for biological activities. isolated a crystalline subs compound. A methanolic crude extract showed the highest free radical scavenging activity which could be correlated with total phenolic contents. L. fimbriatum showed lysis in the assay thrombolytic activity, inhibition of human erythrocyte hemolysis. Results showed radical scavenging activity and significant cytotoxic and membrane stabilizing potentials. (5)
Cardiac Glycosides / Cytotoxic and Inotropic / Bark:
Study of the cytotoxic and positive inotropic acting bark extract yielded eight cardiac glycosides. Besides the known k-strophanthidin, antiarigenin and β-Antiarin, mono- and diglycosides were also identified. (see constituents above) (6)
In-Vitro Membrane Stabilizing / Thrombolytic:
Study evaluated different extracts of Lophopetalum javanicum leaves for erythrocyte membrane stabilizing and thrombolytic activities. Results showed strong membrane stabilizing activity compared to acetylsalicylic acid. Fractions showed strong thrombolytic activity in human blood specimen. Phytochemical screening yielded flavonoids, steroids, tannins, and triterpenoids as major constituents which may be responsible for the biologic effects. (8)
Free Radical Scavenging / Thrombolytic Activity / Antimicrobial:
Study of Lophopetalum fimbriatum and Calophyllum inophyllum extracts showed high free radical scavenging activity which could be related to total phenolic contents. In assay for thrombolytic activity, the carbon tetrachloride soluble materials of L. fimbriatum revealed clot lysis by 8.89 ± 1.410%. The antimicrobial activity of a chloroform soluble fraction of L. fimbriatum demonstrated 16.0 mm zone of inhibition against Sarcina lutea. (9)


Updated August 2019 / December 2015

IMAGE SOURCE: TWIG/ Celastraceae : Lophopetalum javanicum / Copyright © 2011 by Leonardo L. Co / PhytoImages.siu.edu / Click on graphic to see original image

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Lophopetalum javanicum (Zoll.) Turcz. / AsianPlantNet
Phyto chemical investigation on Lophopetalum toxicum Loher (Fam celastraceae) [in the Philippines] /
Castillo, A.V.; Enriquez, O.E. (University of the Philippines, Quezon City. Coll. of Pharmacy) / NRCP [National Research Council of the Philippines] Bulletin,1980
Identifizierung von 6-Desoxyhexosen im Mikromassstab. / Wagner, H.; Habermeier, H.; Wegener, G.
Journal / Planta Medica, 1980; Vol 39, No 2: pp 135-139
Preliminary Biological Investigations of Lophopetalum fimbriatum and Calophyllum inophyllum / Razib Saha, Md. Rokibuzzaman, Tasnuva Sharmin, Md. Al Amin Sikder, Md. Zashim Uddin and Mohammad A. Rashid / Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Journal, 2013; 16(2): pp 215-219
Die Herzglykoside des Pfeilgiftes von Lophopetalum toxicum LOHER. 13. Mitteilung über Celastraceen-Inhaltsstoffe / Wagner, H., Habermeier, H. and Schulten, H.-R.. 1984. / HCA: pp 67: 54–64. / doi: 10.1002/hlca.19840670108
Huru api / Lophopetalum javanicum / Common names
/ Five Hundred Plant Species in Gunung Halimun Salak National Park, West Java / Google Books
Preliminary Biological Investigations of Lophopetalum fimbriatum and Calophyllum inophyllum
/ Md. Al Amin Sikder, Razib Saha, Md. Rokibuzzaman, Tasnuva Sharmin, Ridwan Bin Rashid, Mohammad Zashim Uddin and Mohammad A. Rashid / Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Journal, 2013; 16(2): pp 205-209
The physiological active constituents of certain Philippine medicinal plants II
/ Brill HC, Wells AH. The physiological active constituents of certain Philippine medicinal plants II. Philippine Journal of Science. / Philippine Herbs and Supplements Research Database

Lophopetalum toxicum / Synonyms / The Plant List

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