Request for identification
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- plant
Height/Length- about 2 feet
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Flowers & fruits not seen
Besides being a house plant…
In Asian countries, the leaves of the Polyscias fruticosa are used as a tonic, anti-inflammatory, antitoxin, and an antibacterial ointment. They have also been proven to be an aid in digestion. The root is also used as a diuretic, febrifuge, anti-dysentery, and is employed for neuralgia and rheumatic pains. Alongside with medicinal purposes, Polyscias fruticosa is also used as an ornamental plant and a spice.
A recent study on this plant by Vo Duy Hunan and colleagues, has afforded two known oleanolic acid saponins from the leaves, and polyacetylenes from the roots. This shows antibacterial and antifungal activities. The volatile leaf oils were also studied and isolated to find eight new oleanolic acid saponins, named polysciosides A to H, and three known saponins.