Folk Danti var

Action ► Seeds—purgative, emetic. Fruits—poisonous. Leaves—used for scabies. Latex—applied to wounds and ulcers.

The latex from the plant showed antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus. It contains immunologi-cally active acylphloroglucinols, mul-tifidol, phloroglucinol and multifidol beta-D-glucopyranoside. The latex also contains an immunologically active, cyclic decapeptide, labaditin.

J. panduraefolia Andr. (native to America), widely grown in Indian gardens, is known as Fiddle-leaved Jat-ropha. The latex from the plant shows fungitoxic activity against ringworm fungus, Microsporum gypseum.

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