About 1/4 of the medicine used in the United States is derived from plants.
~Rosy Periwinkle from Madagascar cures childhood Leukemia.
~Aspirin is derived from Willow Bark.
~Quinine from the Cinchona tree cures Malaria.
I came across this fascinating fact while researching the significance of biodiversity for my thesis. I might be a dork, but I think that's really cool!
(Becher, Ann. 1998. Biodiversity: A Reference Handbook.)