|Outreach No. 66 - Drugs Part 3: Herbal Medicine (New York University - TVE - UNEP - WWF, 40 p.)|
The rosy periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), a relative of some common house plants, has saved three-quarters of the worlds children who suffer from leukaemia, a type of cancer. It has also led research into many synthetic drugs which could be anti-cancerous.
Unscramble the letters below to find out where this plant comes from:
S A C A R A D A G M
Little of the natural vegetation of this island country remains, and most of the rest is in danger. A close relative of the Rosy Periwinkle, Catharanthus coriaceus (also from this island nation) is critically endangered from bush fires. This plant, too, may have valuable chemicals to offer - if it does not become extinct first.