© Nigerian Journal Of Biotechnology . 2010. Vol. 21 No. 1
Publisher: Biotechnology Society of Nigeria
Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Evaluation of The Leaves of Talinum Triangulare (JACQ) Wild.
Ameh, G. I., Eze, C. S.
KEYWORDS: Phytochemical, Ethnobotany and Talinum triangulare.
ABSTRACT:Phytochemical analysis and ethnobotanical survey of the leaves of Talinum triangulare (Jacq) Wild were investigated. Qualitative phytochemical screening revealed the presence of alkaloids, tannins, phenols, flavonoids and saponins while the leaf extract was devoid of glycosides, steroids and carbohydrates. Quantitative estimation of each phytochemical present showed that the leaf extract contained 0.04% alkaloids, 12.5% tannins, 2.12% phenols, 26% flavonoids and 0.19% saponins. Ethnobotanical survey showed that Talinum triangulare has a number of nutritional and therapeutic uses in the different localities in South Eastern Nigeria.
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