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Research Journal of Medicinal Plants
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 75-79
DOI: 10.3923/rjmp.2009.75.79
 
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Evaluation of Coleus forskohlii Genotypes for Bio Chemical Characters

C. Kavitha, E. Vadivel and K. Rajamani

Abstract:
Coleus forskohlii Briq., belonging to the mint family Lamiaceae, is an important ancient root drug credited with various medicinal properties. The root extracts of C. forskohlii were found to contain forskolin and its therapeutic properties contributed to the emergence of C. forskohlii as a taxon of importance in modern medicine. Traditionally it is used for pickle making and as a condiment in India. Thirty seven C. forskohlii genotypes collected from various places of the important Coleus growing states viz., Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were evaluated for total sugars, starch and crude protein at Horticultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore to assess its suitability for edible purpose. The genotypes exhibited remarkable variations for all the characters studied. The total sugar, starch and crude protein content in the fresh tubers varied from 5.90 to 10.03 g, 6.97 to 20.94 g and 6.14 to 9.05 g per 100 g, respectively. The genotype CF 37 excelled in the accumulation of total sugars, starch and crude protein in tuber and thus can be utilized for medicinal as well as edible purposes.
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How to cite this article:

C. Kavitha, E. Vadivel and K. Rajamani, 2009. Evaluation of Coleus forskohlii Genotypes for Bio Chemical Characters. Research Journal of Medicinal Plants, 3: 75-79.

DOI: 10.3923/rjmp.2009.75.79

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=rjmp.2009.75.79

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