Phytochemical Analysis of Catharanthus Roseus L. (G.) DON.

  • Keshav Khilnani
Keywords: Vinblastine, Vincristine, Phytochemicals, Secondary metabolites, Methanolic extract


Catharanthus roseus is a medicinal herb found to have two pharmaceutically important compounds viz., vinblastine and vincristine. The plant is found in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Therefore, theyield of these vinca alkaloids are varied at different geographical regions depending on the climatic conditions.Being a source of these important secondary metabolites, an extensive study has been carried out on this plant. The plant is in high demand worldwide due to its medicinal applications specifically the anti-cancerous.The present research work gives an account of the various phytochemicals derived from the plant at our selected location. The results highlight the biotechnological prospects of an efficient and alternative means of production of valuable metabolites from Catharanthus roseus.The present phytochemical investigations explore active constituents which are very significant in drug development. The study revealed a notable anti-microbial and anti-oxidant activity of methanolic extract of the dry leaves of this plant.


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Keshav Khilnani. (2018). Phytochemical Analysis of Catharanthus Roseus L. (G.) DON. International Journal for Research in Applied Sciences and Biotechnology, 5(3), 1-8. Retrieved from