Volume : VII, Issue : I, January - 2017
Scrutinizing variation in amount of Taraxerol amongst the floral morphotypes of Clitoria ternatea L. and determination of the best producer morphotype.
Anirban Mukherjee, Asis Kumar Nandi
Clitoria ternatea L., a perennial twiner under the family Fabaceae and provided with different colours and forms of flower, is also the source of a host of valuable chemicals of immense medicinal virtues. Taraxerol is such an anti–depressant agent with anxiolytic, nootropic, COX inhibitor and other properties of clinical significance occurring in this plant; in greater amount in roots. The present work with an objective of scrutinizing any relationship between the varied forms of flower and the amount of taraxerol could identify plants beå blue flower to produce more taraxerol than white coloured flower, double type superior over single type irrespective of colour of petal and the polyadelphous arrangement of stamen to be associated with greater amount of taraxerol than other types. In consideration of all these traits, in combination, plants beå blue double type of flower with polyadelphous stamen were found to yield the greatest amount of it.