Kunden Sanvitha, M Sandhya Rani and G Krishna Mohan
Grewia villosa is a scrambling plant belonging to the family Malvaceae. G. villosa is harvested in the wild for local consumption as food, medicine, and building material. The tree is naturally distributed in Tropical Africa, Arabia, Pakistan, East Indies and India, mostly found on uplands, lower valley, along road side and field boundaries. Scientific investigation has been reported to exhibit biological activities like, antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, antimicrobial and cytotoxicity etc. Fatty acids and steroids are abundantly present in this plant. Uvaol and ursolic acid were isolated for the first time from Grewia. The current review provides a summary of the state of understanding of morphology, Traditional applications, their chemistry, claimed therapeutic characteristics, and pharmacological activities.
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