Ferula sumbul Hook f

Family ► Umbelliferae; Apiaceae.

Habitat ► Kashmir.

English ► Narthex asafoetida.

Siddha/Tamil ► Perungayam.

Action ► The gum-resin is used as asafoetida.

The oil is reported to be bacteriocidal. It exhibited antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive and Gramnegative bacteria.

The essential oil, obtained from seeds, shows antioxidant activity comparable to BHT.

The plant gave coumarin derivatives including umbelliferone and scopo-letin.

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