B Amala, T V Poonguzhali


Flowers of higher plants have been used for centuries for several purposes such as medicine, food and garnishing in many parts of the world. The present study focuses on preliminary phytochemical screening of flowers of  Peltophorum pterocarpum was carried out. Peltophorum pterocarpum (belonging to Fabaceae family) regarded as one of the most significant plant species in traditional system of medicine. The plant is used in different parts of the world for the treatment of several ailments like stomatitis, insomnia, skin troubles, constipation, ringworm, insomnia, dysentery, muscular pains, sores, and skin disorders and is the source of a diverse kind of chemical constituents such as aliphatic alcohols, fatty acids, amino acids, terpenoids, phenolics, flavonoids, alkaloids, steroids etc. The presence of various bioactive compounds confirms the application of P.pterocarpum for various ailments by traditional practitioners. However, isolation of individual phytochemical constituents may proceed to find a novel drug.

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