Journal of Applied and Natural Science 3(2):228-231(2011)
A preliminary pharmacognostical study on leaves and flowers of Michelia champaca L. Magnoliaceae
K. N. Geetha*, K. Jeyaprakash and Y. P. Nagaraja
Department of Biotechnology, Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology, Mudugurki Village, Venkatagirikote –Post, Devanahalli Taluk, Bangalore-562110 (Karnataka), INDIA
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Abstract : The present investigation was conducted to establish pharmacognostical profile for the leaves and flowers of Michelia champaca L. (Magnoliaceae) in order to establish its complete profile to aid in its identification and avoid confusion in taxonomic level for different species of the same genus. The study included macroscopical, organoleptical, microscopical and preliminary phytochemical analysis of the leaves and flowers. The study of the organoleptical evaluation revealed the presence of colour, odour and texture. The microscopic analysis showed the differences in cell structures, arrangement and shape of leaves and flowers. The physical characters of various solvent extracts showed the presence of colour, odour and consistency of the powdered leaves and flowers. Finally, the preliminary phytochemical analysis confirmed for the presence of alkaloids, saponins, tannins, glycosides, carbohydrates, amino acid, flavonoids and sterols in both leaves and flowers. The present findings may be used to establish the authenti City of leaves and flowers of Michelia champaca L. for their proper identification and standardization in order to collect raw plants for the preparation of herbal drugs.
Keywords : Michelia champaca L., Leaves, Flowers, Pharmacognocy