Broadway Arboretum

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Scaevola spinescens Currant Bush


Location in Arboretum: Wheatbelt scrub and heath
No on Map: WSH01

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  • This specimen is not very spiny compared with normal.
  • This plant may possibly the only one in cultivation!
  • Aboriginals identified plant as a medicine plant for cancer.
  • Has been found to contain a number of pentacyclic triterpenoid compounds of the taraxerene type in high yield compared with other species in which these compounds are known to occur. These are potential lead compounds for synthetic anti-cancer drugs (1)