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Volume No. :   3

Issue No. :  2

Year :  2011

ISSN Print :  0975-2331

ISSN Online :  0975-4385


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Pharmacognostic Study of Leaves of Cordia dichotoma Linn.

Address:   Ghori Vijay P., Gatecha Heena N., Desai Tusharbindu R., and Pandya Devang J.*
R. K. College of Pharmacy, Rajkot – 360020, Gujarat, India.
*Corresponding Author

Cordia dichotoma Linn (Family – Boraginaceae) is found commonly in India. Recent pharmacological findings indicate that its fruits possess significant activities like anthelmintic, diuretic, demulcent and expectorant, and are also used in disease of chest and urinary passage. A decoction of bark is used in dyspepsia and fever. These comply with the claims made in the traditional medicinal texts. However, no conclusive pharmacognostic study of its leaves has been performed yet. The present investigation deals with the qualitative and quantitative microscopic evaluation of the leaf material. Chief microscopic characters include vascular bundles having patches of perimedullary phloem and unicellular and multicellular covering trichomes. Chief characters of powder include anomocytic stomata, calcium oxalate prisms and clusters and xylem vessels with Reticulate thickening. Such a study would serve as a useful gauge in standardization of the leaf material, ensuring quality formulations, and distinguishing it from other species of Cordia.
Boraginaceae, Cordia, Cordia dichotoma
Ghori Vijay P., Gatecha Heena N., Desai Tusharbindu R., Pandya Devang J. Pharmacognostic Study of Leaves of Cordia dichotoma Linn. Research J. Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2011; 3(2): 82-85.
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