International Journal of Phytotherapy and Ethnobotany

International Journal of Phytotherapy and Ethnobotany Vol. 1 (1), pp. 008-012, October, 2013. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Pharmacognostical and phytochemical investigations of Moringa concanensis (Moringaceae) an ethno medicine of Nilgiris

V. Ravichandran1*, G. Arunachalam2, N.Subramanian3 and B.Suresh4

1School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vels University, Chennai- 600 035, Tamilnadu, India.

2PGP College of Pharmaceutical Science and Research Institute, NH-7, Namakkal - Karur Main Road,

Namakkal - 637207, Tamilnadu, India.

3Bharathidasan Institute of Technology, Anna University Tiruchrappalli, Tiruchirappalli - 620 024, Tamilnadu,

India.

4JSS University, Karnataka, Mysore, India.

*Corresponding author. E-mail: raviphd2005@yahoo.co.in.

Accepted 20 October, 2013

Abstract

The plant Moringa concanensis Nimmo is a tree belongs to family Moringaceae locally known as Kattumurungai by tribal peoples of Nilgiris hill region in Tamilnadu. In view of its medicinal importance and taxonomic confusion, pharmacognostic studies, microscopical structure, morphological characters, chemical analysis and numerical values in epidermal study were carried out to supplement the necessary information for the systematic identification and authentication of this plant, as per WHO guidelines. Pharmacognostical and preliminary phytochemical investigations of this plant were carried out and reported.

Key words: Moringa concanensis, moringaceae, microscopical characters pharmacognostical investigations, phytochemical studies.