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Plumbago Zeylanica

(Common name:- White leadwort)

Classification

Plumbago zeylanica

History

Plumbago zeylanica is an oldest herb used in ayurveda and a native to India.

It is an evergreen shrub which is an ornamental plant and has been used in traditional medicine from thousands of years.

Plant Description

This plant is an evergreen small plant with long and tuberous roots and straight stems.

The leaves are measured upto 8 cm long, simple, glabrous, alternate, ovate or oblong with wavy margin and short petiole.

The flowers are white in colour in terminal spikes having tubular calyx with a slender, hairy corolla tube, with five lobes and five stamens and a stigma with five branches.

Cultivation

Plumbago requires full sunlight to partial shade with warm temperatures. This plant thrives in well drained with slightly acidic soil.

The plants require frequent fertilizers and after flowering the plants should be cut back to let them grow vigorously.

It is cultivated extensively in throughout the India.

Parts Used

Root bark and leaves

Constituents

The primary constituents of plumbago zeylanica is plumbagin, besides this 3-chloroplumbagin, 3, 3' -biplumbagin, 3' ,6' -biplumbagin (chitranone), isozeylanicone, zeylanicone, elliptinone and droserone.

It also contains triterpenes and amino acids.

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