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Phytochemical screening of Saraca asoca and antimicrobial activity against bacterial species

Saraca asoca is an indigenous plant with lots of traditional importance belonging to the family Caesalpinaceae. These are the wonderful herb that claims to cure several diseases according to ayurvedic medicine. In the present study, phytochemical analysis and antimicrobial activity of dried leaves and flowers of Saraca asoca were done with the samples extracted with Acetone, Diethyl ether, Distilled water, Methanol and Petroleum ether. From the results of the study it may be concluded that some of the extracts showed the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, saponins, glycosides and phenolic compounds. TLC profiles of S. asoca flowers and leaves extract gives an idea about the presence of various phytochemicals. The antimicrobial activity of each extract was evaluated by disc diffusion method using some bacterial species such as Klebsiella sp, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Micrococcus sp , and Bacillus sp. The extracts of leaves and flowers in acetone, distilled water and methanol extracts showed the antibacterial activity against all bacterial species.

Author(s): Athiralakshmy T. R, Divyamol A. S and Nisha P*

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