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Areca lutescens hort. non BORY) wird oft unter dem Namen »Arecapalme« als Zierpflanze angeboten (BÄRTELS 1993: 39*). Geschichtliches Der Name areca leitet sich möglicherweise von dem Kanaresewort adeke oder von Malayalam adakka ab und bedeutet »Kavalier«. In frühen Sanskritwerken taucht die Palme unter dem Namen gouvaka auf. Sie wird schon in Jataka- und Palischriften erwähnt. Angeblich soll die Palme erstmals aber von Herodot (ca. ) beschrieben worden sein. B. ) in ihren Reiseberichten mehr oder weniger genau dargestellt.

K. BARUAH 1958 » Arecanut: Indias Popular Masticatory - History, Chemistry and Utilization«, Econonnc Botany 12: 315-345. ) UCHINo, Keijiro, Toshiharu MATSUO, Masaya IWAMOTO, Yashuhiro TONOSAKI und Akira FUKUCHI 1988 »New 5'-Nucleotidase Inhibitors, NPF-86IA, NPF-86113, NPF-86IIA, and NPF-8611B from Areca catechii. Part I. Isolation and Biological Properties«, Planta Medica 54: 419-425. ), Hamburg: Abhandlungen aus dein Gebiet der Auslandskunde, Völkerkunde, Kulturgeschichte und Sprachen, Bde. 10 und 16.

Ein Dekokt aus den jungen Blättern wird bei Beriberi getrunken (PADUA et al. 1987: 14). , Alstonia nlacrophylla WALL. ex G. DON und Alstonia spathulata BL. wird traditionell zur Behandlung von Malaria sowie als Tonikum verwendet (PADUA et al. 1987: 13). In Afrika werden die Arten Alstonia congensis ENGL. und Alstonia boonei DE WILD. ebenfalls zu Malariamedikamenten verarbeitet (WRIGHT et al. 1993: 41 f. ). Inhaltsstoffe Die Samen enthalten halluzinogene Indolalkaloide (Alstovenin, Venenatin, Chlorogenin, Reserpin) sowie Chlorogensäure (MILLER 1988: 20*).

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