Horsfieldia superba

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Horsfieldia superba
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Myristicaceae
Genus: Horsfieldia
Species: H. superba
Binomial name
Horsfieldia superba
(Hk. f. & Th.) Warb.

Horsfieldia superba is a species of plant in the Myristicaceae family. It is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, and is threatened by habitat loss. It is used in traditional herbal medicine[1] and contains an alkaloid called horsfiline, which has analgesic effects,[2] as well as several other compounds including 5-MeO-DMT and 6-methoxy-2-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline.[3]

See also



  1. Teo LE, Pachiaper G, Chan KC, Hadi HA, Weber JF, Deverre JR, David B, Sévenet T. A new phytochemical survey of Malaysia V. Preliminary screening and plant chemical studies. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 1990; 28(1):63-101.
  2. Alf Claesson, Britt-Marie Swahn, Odd-Geir Berge. Spirooxindole derivatives that act as analgesics. US Patent 6774132
  3. Jossang A, Jossang P, Hadi HA, Sevenet T, Bodo B. Horsfiline, an oxindole alkaloid from Horsfieldia superba. Journal of Organic Chemistry 1991; 56(23):6527-6530. DOI 10.1021/jo00023a016

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