Actinodaphne hookeri Meissn

Synonym ► A. angustifolia Nees.

Family ► Lauraceae.

Habitat ► The western Ghats, Orissa and Sikkim up to 1,500 m.

Siddha/Tamil ► Thali, Paratathali.

Action ► Infusion of leaves—urinary tract disinfectant, antidiabetic, spasmolytic.

The leaves contain a very small amount of an amorphous alkaloid. They also contain beta-sitosterol, hen-triacontanone, hentriacontanol and

18 Adansonia digitata Linn.

quercetin-3-rhamnoside and hydrocarbons.

The bark gives an alkaloid, actino-daphnine.

The roots contain a flavanone glyco-side.

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