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Digitalis

Plant Presentations
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dazy samra

on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of Digitalis

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Natural History of Plant

• Scientific Name:
Digitalis purpurea
• Class:
Equisetopsida
• Subclass:
Magnoliidae

Superorder:
Asteranae

Order:
Lamiales

Family:
Plantaginaceae
• Genus:
Digitalis

-A English physician named William Withering had started to study Digitalis in 1775
-Witherings found out the most effective way to use digitalis in medicine; which was by extracting the powder from the flower right before it blossoms



-The nickname "purpurea" specifically refers to the colour of flowers
-The generic name digitalis comes from Latin for finger (digitus)
-The colour of the plant digitalis is usually purple (but the white–flowered form is also as common)
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Digitalis canariensis
Digitalis ciliata
Digitalis davisiana
Digitalis dubia
Digitalis grandiflora
Digitalis isabelliana
Digitalis laevigata
Digitalis lanata
Digitalis leucophaea
-biennial plant
-appearance:
-a soft, hairy, toothed, and ovate with lance shaped leaves in a basal rosette. The leaves are spirally arranged; they are approximately 10-35 cm long and 5-12 cm wide. The flowers are arranged in an elongated cluster; making each flower tubular and pendent. The flowers are typically purple but for those plants under cultivation may have flowers that are pink, rose, yellow, or white.
-life span is two seasons
-native to Europe
-Extremely valuable drug used for the treatment of heart disease and heart failure.
- The active ingredient in the drug is glycoside
(a powerful cardiac stimulant obtained from the plant Digitalis purpurea)
-Derived from dried leaves of the common foxglove plant, Digitalis purpurea
-comes in many different forms
-as a group they are referred to as cardiac inotropes

Digitalis Purpurea
Digitalin/Digoxin/Digitalis
Dazy and Parth
Found in:
Plant use in Canada and Worldwide

Digitalis purpurea is cultivated in Canada and naturalized in many provinces:
-British Columbia
-Newfoundland
-Nova Scotia
-Ontario.
As you already know it is used to treat heart disease and heart failure.
Congestive Heart Faliure
Side effects from taking digitalin
-vision problems such as blurring and sensitivity
-headaches
-cramps
-muscle fatigue
-depression
-nausea
-vomiting
-loss of appetite
-diarrhea
-hallucinations
These side effects only occur if the dosage taken is not correct.

Millions of people around the world depend on natural products found in our ecosystems for medicinal purposes. Although though synthetic medicines which originate from natural sources are available; the global need and demand for natural products persists.
Importance of Digitalin
First Season
Second Season
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