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|Title: ||Phytochemical constituents of the leaves of three bamboo (Poaceae) species in Ghana|
|Authors: ||Coffie, G. Y.|
Darkwa, N. A.
|Issue Date: ||2014|
|Publisher: ||Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry|
|Citation: ||Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2014; 2 (6): 34-38|
|Abstract: ||degrees of antagonism. Bamboo leaves have therapeutic and nutritional properties, making them a good
source of fodder for livestock. To be sure of their safety or otherwise, phytochemical analysis was
undertaken on three bamboo species [Bambusa vulgaris Schrad. ex J. C. Wendl., Bambusa ventricosa
McClure, and Oxytenanthera abyssinica (A. Rich.)]. The leaves were tested in their wet and dry states.
Leaves of all the species contained saponins, general glycosides, coumarins and cyanogenic glycosides.
Those of B. ventricosa and O. abyssinica contained polyphenols and flavonoids as well. However, there
were no alkaloids, carotenoids, triterpenoids and steroids, anthraquinones and anthracene glycosides in any
of the species/varieties. Generally, air-drying of bamboo leaves does not affect presence of inherent
phytochemicals and equally makes them suitable as hay just like fodder in the fresh succulent state. B.
vulgaris is the safest of the three species analysed as it contained four classes of phytochemicals.|
|Description: ||An article published by Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2014; 2 (6): 34-38|
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