Family • Selaginellaceae - Selaginella uncinata (Desv. ex Poir) J. C. Bak. - PEACOCK SPIKEMOSS
|Selaginella uncinata (Desv. ex Poir) J. C. Bak.|
|Blue spikemoss (Engl.)||Peacock spike-moss (Engl.)|
|Peacock moss (Engl.)|
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1) Four new biflavonoids from Selaginella uncinata and their anti-anoxic effect / Jun-Xia Zheng et al /Journal of Asian Natural Products Research, Volume 10, Issue 10 October 2008 , pages 945 – 952 / DOI: 10.1080/10286020802181166
(2) A new flavonoid with a benzoic acid substituent from Selaginella uncinata / Jun Xia Zheng et al / Chinese Chemical Letters, Volume 19, Issue 9, September 2008, Pages 1093-1095/ doi:10.1016/j.cclet.2008.06.024
Native to China.
Recently introduced to the Philippines.
Properties and constituents
• No recorded folkloric medicinal use in the Philippines.
• In China, used to treat acute infectious jaundiced hepatitis, cholecystitis, enteritis.
• Anti-Viral / Biflavonoids: Previous studies have yielded chromone glycosides (uncinoside A and B) which has shown good anti-tumor and anti-viral activity. This study isolated a new biflavonoids with five known compounds and one known phenolic acid. Preliminary study found the ethyl acetate extract exhibited good anti-HSV1 and Anti-COX B3 virus activity.
• Bioflavonoids / Anti-Anoxic: Study of ethanolic extract of S uncinata isolated four new and three known bioflavonoids. Compounds 4 and 5 showed potent anti-anoxic effect in the anoxic PC12 cell assay.
• Benzoic Acid Flavonoid: Study yielded a new flavonoid from the ethanol extract of S uncinata â€“ 6-(5-carboxyl-2-methoxyphenyl)-apigenin, a first of a flavanoid with a benzoic substituent at C-6.