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Journal of Functional And Environmental Botany
Year : 2014, Volume : 4, Issue : 1
First page : ( 10) Last page : ( 21)
Print ISSN : 2231-1742. Online ISSN : 2231-1750.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.2231-1750.4.1.002

Phyto-Morphological Overview of Medicinal Plant: Melia azedarach Linn.

Shekhawat Kaushal Kanwer*, Rao D. V., Batra Amla

Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004, Rajasthan, India

*Corresponding author e-mail id: kaushal.botany@gmail.com

Online published on 28 May, 2014.

Abstract

Melia azedarach Linn. (Family: Meliaceae) is a shrub or small evergreen, medium-sized deciduous tree. It grows in temperate and tropical countries, such as India, China and Japan. The plant refers to a wide range of soil, acidic to alkaline and it needs moderate moisture level. It is also known as pride of India and Persian lilac, having a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities. It is one kind of medicine in the Ayurvedic system. This plant is considered as a multipurpose tree because of its multidirectional and widespread uses in medicine, therapeutics and other economic implications. This paper describes the plant's medicinal aspects and chemical constituents in its different parts. In addition, this paper provides brief information of plant bioprospecting and its launched market products.

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Keywords

Melia azedarach Linn, Meliaceae, Pharmacological activity, Economic implications, Bioprospecting.

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