Jatropha Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology: A Review

  • Sujatha Samala
  • Ciddi Veeresham


Jatropha curcas L. (physic nut) belongs to Euphorbiaceae and is gaining importance for the production of biodiesel. It is considered as a potential source of non-edible fuel producing plant along with its different medicinal properties and grows well in the tropical and subtropical climate in India. A detailed pharmacognosy of the vegetative parts of the J. curcas including other Jatropha species has been reviewed. Phytochemicals, biological activities, macroscopical and microscopical characters, chemistry and various medicinal uses have been reviewed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kakatiya UniversityWarangalIndia

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