Pelargonium graveolens LHert

Family ► Geraniaceae.

Habitat ► Introduced into India in the Shevroy hills of Tamil Nadu; cultivated largely in the Nilgiri and Palni hills of Tamil Nadu.

English ► Geranium.

Geranium oil produced from the plant grown in the temperate region at high altitudes is rich in menthone, cit-ronellol, nerol and geraniol; while the oil produced from the plants grown at lower altitudes is rich in isomenthone, linalool and citronellyl formate.

Geranium oil and its constituents are reported to exhibit marginal an-titumour activity.

The oil also exhibits in vitro antifun-gal activity.

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