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Published on:11th Feb, 2012
Pharmacognosy Journal, 2012; 4(27):38-41
Original Article | doi:10.5530/pj.2012.27.6

Pharmacognostic studies on the leaves of Manilkara zapota L. (Sapotaceae)

Authors and affiliation (s):

Krunal Nagani, Mital Kaneria and Sumitra Chanda*

Phytochemical, Pharmacological and Microbiological Laboratory, Department of Biosciences, Saurashtra University, Rajkot 360 005, Gujarat, India.


Manilkara zapota L. (Sapotaceae) leaves have been reported to exhibit antibacterial and antioxidant activities. Establishment of pharmacognostic profile of the leaves will assist in standardization for quality, purity and sample identification. The present study was carried out to investigate macroscopical, microscopical and physiochemical parameters of Manilkara zapota L. leaves. Some of the diagnostic features of the leaves are the presence of trichomes, calcium oxalate prism, vessels, stomata, epidermis, and collenchyma cells. All the parameters were studied according to WHO guidelines. The determination of these characters will help future researchers in phytochemical as well as pharmacological analysis of this species.

Key words: Manilkara zapota L., Leaves, Pharmacognostic.


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