Diuretic activity of Lophophytum leandri

Nat Prod Commun. 2012 Jan;7(1):33-4.


A bioassay-oriented study was carried-out in order to validate the traditional uses of Lophophytum leandri, a parasitic plant used as a diuretic in traditional medical practices of Argentina. Four known flavonoids have been isolated from the active fraction. Quercetin-3-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside was identified as the active principle of the fraction. However, the diuretic activity of the extract and of the most active fraction had greater activity than that of the pure isolated compounds.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Balanophoraceae* / chemistry
  • Diuretics / pharmacology*
  • Male
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar


  • Diuretics
  • Plant Extracts