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Pharmacognostic Studies on the Aerial Parts of Suaeda Maritima Linn. (Chenopodiaceae)
The present communication deals with the macroscopical, microscopical & preliminary phytochemical screening on the aerial parts of Suaeda maritima Linn. (Chenopodiaceae). Suaeda maritima Linn. is widely used in traditional medicine in many parts of India for the treatment of various diseases & ailments viz. hepatoprotective, antioxidant, antifungal etc. No reports are available on the pharmacognostic nature of different parts of plant, hence, the present study was undertaken to investigate the same. All the parameters were studied according to the WHO & Pharmacopoeial guidelines. The qualitative chemical tests on the successive solvent extract revealed the presence of steroids, triterpenoids, proteins & carbohydrates.