Antifungal screening of medicinal plants of British Columbian native peoples

A. R. McCutcheon, S. M. Ellis, R. E.W. Hancock, G. H.N. Towers

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One hundred methanolic plant extracts were screened for antifungal activity against 9 fungal species. Eighty-one were found to have some antifungal activity and 30 extracts showed activity against 4 or more of the fungi assayed. The extracts with the greatest fungal inhibition were prepared from Alnus rubra catkins, Artemisia ludoviciana aerial parts, Artemisia tridentata aerial parts, Geum macrophyllum roots, Mahonia aquifolium roots and Moneses uniflora aerial parts. In addition to these, extracts prepared from the following plants also exhibited antifungal activity against all 9 fungi: Asarum caudatum whole plant, Balsamorhiza sagittata roots, Empetrum nigrum branches, Fragaria chiloensis leaves, Gilia aggregata aerial parts and roots, Glehnia littoralis roots, Heracleum lanatum roots, Heuchera cylindrica roots and Rhus glabra branches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-169
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Dec 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Alnus rubra
  • Antifungal activity
  • Artemisia ludoviciana
  • Artemisia tridentata
  • Ethnopharmacology (British Columbia)
  • Geum macrophyllum
  • Mahonia aquifolium
  • Moneses uniflora
  • Traditional medicines (British Columbia)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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