Background: Physalis minima Linn. Belonging to Solanaceae family is a common drug seen in kerala. It is traditionally used as diuretic, purgative, analgesic, anthelmentic and febrifuge. Previous researches on this drug proved that it has Antioxidant action, Free radical scavenging action, Diuretic action, hypoglycemic action, Anti-cancer action, Anti-inflammatory action and Anti-ulcer action.
Aim: To determine the authenticity of the plant using pharmacognostical and Phytochemical analysis.
Methods: Macroscopy, powder analysis (organoleptic and powder microscopy), physicochemical properties like ash value, extractive values and HPTLC profiles of whole plant were done.
Results and Conclusion: Microscopy of root, stem and leaves showed all typical features of the species Physalis minima Linn. The phytochemical study showed the highest extractive value with cold water extract. Results indicate presence of Flavanoids, Phenol, Saponins, glycosides, Steroids and Tannins in various extracts.