Leptadenia reticulata is a branched shrub. The flowers are greenish yellow in many flower cyme (the axillary lateral or in cyme), follicles are under the wood and turgid. The stem is cylindrical and bent occasionally. It is 5 to 10 cm in length and 0.5-2.5 cm in diameter. The surface is rough, longitudinally ridged, wrinkled and furrowed, cracked transversely with vertically elongated lenticels. The exterior part is brownish white and interior part is light brown in color with short fracture. Bark is yellow-brown, deeply cracked. The leaves are oval, heart-shaped, 4-7.5 cm long, 2-5 cm wide and entire, acute, subacute with symmetrical base, petiole is 1 to 3 cm length glabrous from upper part and fluffy from lower part.
Chemical composition – Contains α-amyrin, β-amyrin, ferulic acid, luteolin, diosmetin, rutin, β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, hentriacontanol, simiarenol, triterpene alcohol, apigenine, reticuline, pregnane glycosides, deniculatine, leptaculatine, acetyl alcohol, lupanol 3- O diglucoside, 1-leptidine, saponins, flavonoids, luteolin, diosmtin and tannin. The leaves contain two resins, and also a neutral bitter principle, carbohydrate and tartaric acid.
Properties – Vasodilator, hypotensive, antidepressant, anti-abortive, nutritive, aphrodisiac, stimulant, diuretic, and ophthalmic tonic.
Recommendation – Hypertension, cardiovascular, ophthalmic problems, seminal debility, general weakness, cough, dyspnea, fever, asthma, constipation, sore throat, gonorrhea, depression, hysteria, oligospermia, prostate hypertrophy.
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