Economic Botany

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 436–454 | Cite as

Datura innoxia— a potential commercial source of scopolamine

  • George Henry Gerlach


The drug scopolamine is important, among other uses, as a pre-anesthetic in surgery and childbirth, in ophthalmology and in prevention of motion sickness. Datura Metel of Asia and Africa has been regarded as the best source of it, but a pharmacognostic study, reported here, indicates that D. innoxia of Latin America is a possible industrial source.


Alkaloid Scopolamine Economic Botany Motion Sickness Picrate 
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