RAUVOLFIA SERPENTINA AND ACACIA CAESIA – ANATOMICAL VIEW UNDER FOLDSCOPE

College – Vellalar College for Women (Autonomous), Erode.

Principal Investigator – Dr. S. Sharmila

Project Assistant – E.K. Ramya, S.Mownika.

With the help of foldscope I have observed the anatomical characters of Rauvolfia serpentina and Acacia caesia stem and also studied the trichome morphology.

Anatomy – 1

Rauvolfia serpentina (L.) Benth.

Rauvolfia serpentina commonly called as snakewood belongs to the family Apocynaceae.

Beautiful flower blooms in Undershrub habitat
Fruit of Rauvolfia serpentina
Trichome of Rauvolfia serpentina in stem – Close view

T.S of Rauvolfia serpentina stem –Foldscope image

Important characters:

  • Indian snakeroot has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India, mainly for high blood pressure and mental illness.

Anatomy – 2

Acacia caesia (L.) Willd.

Acacia caesia belongs to the family Mimosaceae and it is commonly called as Black catechu.

T.S of Acacia caesia stem

Important characters:

  • The anatomical characters was observed using Foldscope research tool.
  • The Foldscope studies revealed the presence of uniseriate glandular hairs, fibres, chambered crystals, vasicentric vessels and fusiform parenchyma cells.

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