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Ancistrocladus korupensis (Ancistrocladaceae): A New Species of Liana from Cameroon

Duncan W. Thomas and Roy E. Gereau
Novon
Vol. 3, No. 4 (Winter, 1993), pp. 494-498
DOI: 10.2307/3391401
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3391401
Page Count: 5
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Ancistrocladus korupensis (Ancistrocladaceae): A New Species of Liana from Cameroon
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Abstract

Ancistrocladus korupensis, a species here described from the Southwest Province of Cameroon and adjacent Nigeria, is distinguished within the genus by sessile leaves, short petals, and longwinged fruits. The new species was investigated after michellamine B, a unique naphthyl isoquinoline alkaloid isolated from a sterile Ancistrocladus leaf collection, showed in vitro activity against HIV-1 and HIV-2. Subsequent collections showed that the liana was undescribed and apparently narrowly endemic to the Korup area.

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