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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68-72

Pharmacognostical investigation of unexplored leaf drug Delonix elata (L.) Gamble from folklore practice


1 Ph.D Scholar in Medicinal Plants, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India
2 Professor & Head, Department of Dravyaguna, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India
3 Visiting Professor in Pharmacognosy, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India
4 Visiting lecturer in Botany, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India

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C Wijayasiriwardena
Ph.D Scholar in Medicinal Plants, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar
India
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Delonix elata (L.) Gamble (Poinciana elata Linn) commonly known as ''Sandesaro" in Gujarati, is a reputed folklore remedy used for arthritic disorders in many parts of Gujarat. Efforts were made to establish identity and quality of the leaf. Diagnostic microscopic characters were found to be long, narrow palisade cells, multicellular headed sessile glandular trichomes, crystal fibres and simple unicellular short trichomes. Quality parameters such as total ash (2.48 %) , water soluble ash (2.06%), acid insoluble ash (0.4 %), methanol soluble extractive (25.72%) have been established as per pharmacopoeial requirements. Qualitative tests indicated the presence of phenolic compounds and Thin Layer Chromatographic studies confirmed the same. Dravyaguna studies revealed its pradhana rasa as Kashaya and anurasa as Madhura.


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