Foliar anatomical study of Boerhavia diffusa L.: a potent medicinal plant

Debasmita Dutta Pramanick*, Maiti G. G.


Boerhavia diffusa L. (Nyctaginaceae), commonly known as ‘Punarnava’, has a long history of multifarious uses in Indian system of medicine as well as ethno-medicinal system. The plant is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical countries of both the hemispheres. The plant in whole or aerial parts or roots, used widely by the indigenous people of India, are well reputed for anti-bacterial, hepato-protective, hypo-glycemic, anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant and anti-stress properties. The present paper, deals with nodal and petiolar anatomical study of B. diffusa along with foliar architectural pattern, is an attempt to authenticate and reduce the adulteration to the crude drugs.


Boerhavia diffusa L.; Foliar-architectural pattern; Medicinal uses

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