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Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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DUARTE, Márcia do Rocio  e  LARROSA, Carina Rau Rivas. Morpho-anatomical characters of the leaf and stem of Mandevilla coccinea (Hook. et Arn.) Woodson, Apocynaceae. Braz. J. Pharm. Sci. [online]. 2011, vol.47, n.1, pp.137-144. ISSN 2175-9790.

Mandevilla coccinea (Hook. et Arn.) Woodson, Apocynaceae is a herb native to South America employed in folk medicine as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory and to inhibit snake venom effects. This work was carried out to study the morpho-anatomical characters of the leaf and stem in order to advance knowledge on this medicinal plant and on pharmacognostic quality control. The plant material was fixed and prepared according to light and scanning electron microtechniques. Its leaves are simple, alternate and ovate-obovate. The epidermis is uniseriate and coated with a thick and striate cuticle. The stomata are paracytic and occur on both foliar surfaces. The dorsiventral-like mesophyll has a sub-epidermal parenchymatic layer containing phenolic substances and is traversed by minor collateral vascular bundles. The midrib is biconvex and the petiole is concave-convex, both presenting bicollateral vascular bundles in an open arc. The stem is circular in transverse section and the epidermis remains in incipient secondary growth. A sub-epidermal parenchymatic layer containing phenolic substances, a discontinuous sclerenchymatic sheath of non-lignified fibres and cylinders of external phloem, xylem and internal phloem occur. Numerous branched laticifers and idioblasts with phenolic substances are present in the leaf and stem.

Palavras-chave : Mandevilla coccinea (Hook. et Arn.) Woodson [pharmacognosy]; Mandevilla coccinea (Hook. et Arn.) Woodson [morpho-anatomical characters]; Apocynaceae [pharmacognosy]; Medicinal plants [pharmacognostic quality control]; Phenolic compounds.

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