Antimicrobial properties of Honduran medicinal plants

David L. Lentz, Alice M. Clark, Charles D. Hufford, Barbara Meurer-Grimes, Claus M. Passreiter, Javier Cordero, Omar Ibrahimi, Adewole L. Okunade

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Ninety-two plants used in the traditional pharmacopoeia of the Pech and neighboring Mestizo peoples of central Honduras are reported. The results of in vitro antimicrobial screens showed that 19 of the extracts from medicinal plants revealed signs of antifungal activity while 22 demonstrated a measurable inhibitory effect on one or more bacterial cultures. Bioassay- guided fractionation of extracts from Mikania micrantha, Neurolaena lobata and Piper aduncum produced weak to moderately active isolates. The broad spectrum of activity of the extracts helps to explain the widespread use of these plants for wound healing and other applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-263
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998


  • Honduras
  • Medicinal plants
  • Mikania micrantha
  • Neurolaena lobata
  • Piper aduncum

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    Lentz, D. L., Clark, A. M., Hufford, C. D., Meurer-Grimes, B., Passreiter, C. M., Cordero, J., Ibrahimi, O., & Okunade, A. L. (1998). Antimicrobial properties of Honduran medicinal plants. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 63(3), 253-263.