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June -2018: Herbal Profile: Indian Rhododendron

June -2018: Herbal Profile: Indian Rhododendron

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Authors: Dr. Sanjaya K.S., Dr. Prashant Kumar Jha Botanical Source: Leaves of Melastoma malabathricum Linn. from family Melastomataceae. Geographical Source: It is found throughout India up to 6000 feet except desert. Morphology: It is a strigose or villose shrub with short dense appressed hairs on stems and leaves. Flowers are terminal, solitary clustered, mauve-purple in colour. Sepals and petals are equal in number (pentamerous). Stamens are with purple anthers. Fruits are 0.25 inch in size, pulpy within, short-ovoid. Seeds are many, minutely punctate. Macroscopy: Leaves are 4-13.5 x 1.5-3.5 cm in size, puberulous, adaxially densely strigose. They are usually with 5-prominent nerves. The dorsal surface is light in colour. The odour is characteristic while the taste is sour, astrin...
May- 2018: Herbal Profile: Gandhapuura

May- 2018: Herbal Profile: Gandhapuura

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Authors: Dr. Sanjaya K.S., Dr. Prashant Kumar Jha Botanical Source: Leaves of Gaultheria fragrantissima Wall. from family Ericaceae. Geographical Source: It is found at above height of 5,000 feet on Himalaya, Nilgiri hills and Western Ghat. Morphology: It is a large stout shrub with thin, shining, light brown bark. Wood is light brown in colour. Leaves are 3 x 1.5 inches in size, lanceolate elliptic or elliptic-oblong to ovate in shape. Flowers are white in axillary racemes. Ovary is pubescent. Capsules are small, pubescent, deep purple-blue in colour. Microscopy: The transverse section of leaf is dorsi-ventral. Upper and lower epidermis cover the leaf. In midrib portion, epidermis is followed by collenchymatous hypodermis. Collateral vascular bundles are present in center. In lamina...