E-ISSN No: 2455 - 7218

P-ISSN No: 0019 - 4468

Listed in UGC Care

Pharmacognostical analysis of seeds of Carica papaya Linn. and Momordica charantia Linn.


Manoshree Dilip Mondal and Devangi Parag Chachad


The use of botanical resources is on an increase all over the world. It is known that almost 80% of the populations in the developing countries rely on traditional medicine, mainly comprising herbal formulations and preparations. Various plant metabolites are being explored and utilized for treatment of diseases and ailments. Recently, efforts are being made to popularize and utilize whole plant parts, fruits, roots, bark, peel, seeds and pulp to maximize yield and avoid wastage. Also, the differences in their chemical composition and total amount of phyto-contistuents present allows us to shortlist and select the plant parts according to our needs and objectives for a particular study. In the current study, seeds of Carica papaya Linn. (Family: Caricaceae) and Momordica charantia Linn. (Family: Cucurbitaceae) are worked upon for their pharmacognostic and phytochemical characteristics. These characters like macroscopy, microscopy, and powder study can be employed for quality control of entire or powdered drugs that are available in the market. Also their physico-chemical constants like ash values, extractive values, fluorescence analysis and presence of phytochemical constituents are analyzed so as to put forth reliable standards for specific plant parts such as the seeds which have immense therapeutic benefits of their own. Every result is analyzed in triplicate and a standard range of readings is put forth for convenient future referencing.

Pages: 171-176

Doi Number 10.5958/2455-7218.2022.00024.9

Keywords Ash values, Carica papaya seeds, Momordica charantia seeds, extractive values, fluorescence analyses