ISSN: 2249–9504
CAS CODEN: IJPCDX

PRELIMINARY PHYTOCHEMICAL SCREENING OF DIFFERENT SOLVENT EXTRACTS OF LEAVES AND STEMS OF COMMELINA BENGHALENSIS L (FAMILY: COMMELINACEAE)

Abstract

Author(s): Samuel Tadesse1, Kumar Ganesan2, Suresh Kumar P. Nair2, Neethu Letha3 and Sharmila Banu Gani4*

Medicinal plants are chief antidote for numerous diseases and have been used since time immemorial. Commelina benghalensis L. (Family: Commelinaceae) is a perennial herb commonly known as tropical spiderwort native to tropical Asia and Africa. The present study was aimed to screen the various phytochemicals from the aqueous, methanol, hexane and carbon tetra chloride extracts of leaves and stems of C.benghalensis. The extracts were subjected to qualitative phytochemical screening using standard procedures. Four different extracts of leaves and stems of C.benghalensis were found to contain various secondary metabolites like alkaloids, protein and aminoacids, saponins, total phenols and Tannins. The phytochemicals generated data from the four different extracts of C.benghalensis may be used as tools for quality control of drugs in the future, for the healing of a diversity of disease conditions.

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