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AGAVE AMERICANA

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Family ► Agavaceae.

Habitat ► Native to America; grown in gardens for ornamentation.

English ► Century Plant, American Aloe.

Ayurvedic ► Kaantala (related sp.).

Siddha/Tamil ► Alagai.

Folk ► Ban-Kevaraa.

Action ► Leaf juice—used for warts, cancerous ulcers and putrid tumours. Leaves are also used as a resolvant in syphilis and scrofula.

The leaves contain ten steroidal sa- ponins (six of these are spirostanolic and four furostanolic), also hecogenin (0.20%) and piscidic acid. The seeds contain steroid sapogenins including hecogenin. The plant exhibits significant antibacterial activity.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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