Justicia adhatoda (leaf)

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Justicia adhatoda L.   Acanthaceae  
Syn. Adhatoda vasica Nees  
Standardized common name (English): Malabar nut tree  
Ayurvedic name(s): vasa; vasaka

Botanical Voucher Specimen


Justicia adhatoda Tropicos 100186215.jpg
Source: MOBOT, Tropicos.org[1]

Organoleptic Characteristics

[Justicia adhatoda (leaf) has] a strong characteristic tea-like odor and a bitter taste.

Source: United States Dispensatory (1918) [2]

Macroscopic Characteristics

The fresh leaves are four or six inches (about ten to fifteen centimeters) long and about an inch and a half (nearly four centimeters) broad, they are opposite lanceolate, entire short petiolate, taperpointed,smooth on both aides. The dried leaves are of a dull brownish-green color which becomes much lighter when the leaves are powdered.

Source: United States Dispensatory (1918) [3]

Microscopic Characteristics

High Performance Thin Layer Chromatographic Identification

Supplementary Information


  1. MOBOT, Tropicos.org http://www.tropicos.org/Image/100186215
  2. United States Dispensatory (1918)
  3. United States Dispensatory (1918)
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