COMMON NAME: Ziziphus
OTHER NAME: Sidr
BOTANICAL NAME: Ziziphus jujuba Mill.
PLANT FAMILY: Rhamnaceae
OVERVIEW: Traditionally leaves are of high therapeutic value.
INTRODUCTION: It is a small deciduous tree or shrubreaching a height of 5–12 metres (16–39 ft), usually with thorny branches. The leaves are shiny-green, ovate-acute, 2–7 centimetres (0.79–2.76 in) wide and 1–3 centimetres (0.39–1.18 in) broad, with three conspicuous veins at the base, and a finely toothed margin. The flowers are small, 5 millimetres (0.20 in) wide, with five inconspicuous yellowish-green petals. The fruit is an edible oval drupe 1.5–3 centimetres (0.59–1.18 in) deep; when immature it is smooth-green, with the consistency and taste of an apple, maturing brown to purplish-black and eventually wrinkled, looking like a small date.
PHYTOCONSTITUENTS: Carbohydrates, fat, protein, amino acids, anthocyanins from fruit, seeds and leaves. Leucocyanidin from bark. Rutin and ziziphinfrom leaves.
PARTS USED: Dried Leaf .
PRECAUTIONS: None known.
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