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Title: Medicinal Importance of Bryophytes - A Review
Authors: Singh, Ajit Pratap
Nath, Virendra
Asthana, Ashish Kumar
Issue Date: Dec-2000
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Bryophytes in the plant kingdom have some importance in ecosystem and plant life as alga on one hand and ferns on the other in relation to origin and development of plants. Due to water retention capacity, environmental contribution and possession of medicinal entity, various species of liverworts and mosses have been used in different ways since long. The medicinal properties of this plant group have come to light only three decades ago. The plants Chiloscyphus polyanthus, Diplophyllum albicans, Polytrichum juniperinu, etc. may be used for curing deadly cancer while Marchantia ploymorpha, Marchantia stellata , Diplophyllum taxifolium, Diplophyllum albicans, Polytrichum commune, Wiesnerella denudata for the tumor suppression. Sphagnum spp. are in use since ancient times in the form of bandages. This plant group is of great importance because of its chemical variability and diversity. In this paper, a brief description of twenty eight such plants is presented with their medicinal uses.
Page(s): 55-62
ISSN: 0975-2412 (Online); 0771-7706 (Print)
Appears in Collections:BVAAP Vol.08(2) [December 2000]

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