oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Phytochemical screening of some Zimbabwean medicinal plants

Volume 31, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Extracts from eight plants known to have medicinal properties were qualitatively tested for the presence of alkaloids, anthranoids, polyphenols, tannins and cardenolides using the precipitation and colour reaction methods. Results obtained showed that 100% of the plants studied contained polyphenols, 88% cardenolides, 75% alkaloids, 75% anthranoids and 63% tannins.

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