HYPERICUM JAPONICUM Thunb.

Family: Hypericaceae

Description of the Plant:
A small tufted or procumbent annual herb, 15-30 cm long. Leaves 6-10 cm long, amplexicaul, elliptic or ovate, obtuse, pellucid-punctate. Flowers yellow, 6-10 mm across, in elongate dichotomous cymes. Capsule ovoid, equalling the persistent sepals.

Using Information:
The plant is astrigent, alterative, styptic and vulnerary. It is used in asthma and dysentery. The plant is astrigent, alterative, styptic and vulnerary. It is used in asthma and dysentery (Yusuf et al. 2009).

Chemical Constituents:
The major compounds of interest in the leaves and flowers of Hypericons are hypericin and pseudohypericin. Other active constituents include flavonoids, xanthones, phenolic carboxylic acids, essential oil, carotenoids, alkanes, phloroglucinol derivatives, phytosterols and fatty acid alcohols (Ghani, 2003)

Distribution:
Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet, a weed of reclaimed fields.


HYPERICUM JAPONICUM
HYPERICUM JAPONICUM Thunb.



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