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A Review on Taxonomy and Ethnobotany of Caesalpinia crista L. (Caesalpiniaceae)

Sachin B. Patil, Sagar A. Deshmukh


Caesalpinia crista L., belongs to the family Caesalpiniaceae , commonly found along the riverbanks and in the tidal forests that are located close to the Eastern sea-coast beginning in Orissa and continuing Southward along the Western sea-coast beginning in Konkan. All parts of the plant, including the root, leaves, stem, seed and seed kernel have medicinal properties. C. crista L. has been used in traditional and folk medicine for various skin and respiratory ailments since ages. It has been traditionally utilized and has been reported to be effective in the treatment of anti-microbial , anthelmintic, anti-tumor, ethnoveterinary, removing the placenta, respiratory disorders, liver disorders, treatment of hernia, febrifugal, inflammation, pain, rheumatism, swellings, fever, colic and asthma. In the present review, an attempt has been made to gather information about the traditional uses of Caesalpinia crista L. which will prove to be informative for further researches to be conducted in this field of taxonomy and ethanobotany.


Caesalpinia crista L., Ethnobotany, Taxonomy, Review, Caesalpiniaceae

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