Jatropha multifida Linn.

Jatropha multifida Linn.

 


Family : Euphorbiaceae.

Habitat : Native to South America.

Naturalized in various parts of

India.

English : Coral plant, Physic Nut.

Ayurvedic : Brihat-Danti (bigger

var. of Danti, also equated with

Baliospermum montanum).

Folk : Danti (var.).

 

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Action : Seeds—purgative, emetic.

Fruits—poisonous. Leaves—used

for scabies. Latex—applied to

wounds and ulcers.

 

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The latex from the plant showed antibacterial

activity against Staphylococcus

aureus. It contains immunologically

active acylphloroglucinols, multifidol,

phloroglucinol and multifidol

beta-D-glucopyranoside. The latex also

contains an immunologically active,

cyclic decapeptide.

 

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