Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2015)
Cecidological and pharmacognostical study of Ficus racemosa leaf galls
Author(s): YV Ushir, KJ Tiwari, PT Kare
Abstract: Pharmacognostical parameters for the leaf galls of Ficus racemosa Linn. Were studied with the aim of drawing the Pharmacognostical standards. The cecidology, macroscopy, microscopy, powder characteristics, physical standards and thin layer chromatographic studies of Ficus racemosa L. leaf galls included in research work. The study also deals with the phytochemical screening of with various extracts. During the cecidologic study it has been observed that, Ficus racemosa L. leaf galls have three stages; development, maturation and senescence stage. Microscopically the leaf galls show variation in their growing stages. Commonly cuticle, lignified cells, cortex, starch grains, nutritive tissue and larval chamber were identified. The results showed that the moderate presence of terpenes, flavonoids, steroids, phenols and tannins. The cecidological and pharmacognostical standardization studies have been reported for the Ficus racemosa L. leaf galls first time.