---Constituents---Protopine, homo-chilidonine chelerythrine and sanguinarine have been isolated from the plant.
---Medicinal Action and Uses---The liquid from the root and the juice of the stems of the leaves are a deep orange and stains the hands; the juice from the stems of the leaves is used for insect-bites.
It is considered probable that the various species of this genus may have active medicinal qualities.
The Mexican (Bocconia arborea, Watson)has been found to contain two alkaloids, one of which is probably Sanguinarine, and the leaves of other species are used in South America as purgatives and abortifacients.
B. frutescens and B. integrifolia are natives of the West Indies and Mexico, and are more tender than B. cordata, and are best protected or taken into greenhouse during the winter. It is easier to raise these by seeds than by cuttings.
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