Devi Priya M, Vinod Kumar TG and Francis Mathew
Hemigraphis colorata (Blume) H.G. Hallier (syn: Hemigraphis alternata, family: Acanthaceae), is an exotic plant adapted to India. It is a versatile low-creeping perennial herb mostly valued as an ornamental plant. Since remote past, the leaves are ground into a paste and applied on fresh cut wounds to promote wound healing. Clinical studies also highlight its significant antimicrobial, anti-diabetic and anti oxidant activities. The present investigation present study was focused to evaluate the pharmacognostic and preliminary phytochemical properties of H. colorata leaves. The morphological and anatomical characters, quantitative microscopy, powder microscopy and the behavior of powdered sample with different reagents were recorded. Pharmacognostic study of crude drug would be essential for any advanced pharmaceutical research on this plant.
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