Analysis of some Malaysian dart poisons

J Ethnopharmacol. 1992 Feb;36(1):57-62. doi: 10.1016/0378-8741(92)90061-u.


An investigation of nine Malaysian dart poisons has confirmed that their main active components are cardenolides from Antiaris toxicaria (Pers.) Lesch. and alkaloids probably from different forms of Strychnos ignatii P. Bergius. It is not possible to determine the ethnic origin of the poisons from the results of the analyses on their own. Two new cardiac glycosides have been isolated and their structures determined as 12 beta-hydroxycannogenin 3 beta-O-beta-D-deoxygulopyranoside and 3 beta-O-alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside, respectively.

MeSH terms

  • Alkaloids / toxicity
  • Cardenolides / toxicity*
  • Malaysia
  • Plants, Toxic / chemistry*
  • Poisons / analysis*


  • Alkaloids
  • Cardenolides
  • Poisons