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Phytochemical investigations of species of semi-arid Australian plants: A neglected area of research.

Philip G. Kerr
School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.

Pharmacognosy Communications,2012,2,1,3-4
DOI:10.5530/pc.2012.1.2
Published:january 2012
Type: Commentary

ABSTRACT

Approximately 80% of mainland Australia is considered to be arid or semi-arid.[1] Most of the desert flora remains unexplored. There is a wealth of anecdote from first nation Australians, with a number of books detailing Aboriginal use of plants[2-7] and papers, dealing with either single plant species or groups of species reported as being used by Australian Aboriginal people, scattered throughout the literature.[8-15] These provide a good deal of information that can be a stepping stone to investigate the medicinal potential of a large number of desert floral species.

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