Med Chem. ;12(3) Antioxidant, Antimicrobial Activity and Medicinal Properties of Grewia asiatica L. Shukla R, Sharma DC, Baig MH, Bano S, Roy S, . Pak J Pharm Sci. Jan;26(1) Effect of Grewia asiatica fruit on glycemic index and phagocytosis tested in healthy human subjects. Mesaik MA(1). Phalsa (Grewia asiatica L., Tiliaceae) is an exotic bush plant considered horticulturally as a small fruit crop but also used as a folk medicine. The ripe phalsa.

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The phalsa plant grows vigorously and produces satisfactorily under variable soil types including fine sand, clay or even limestone, when soil fertility is not very poor. The ripe fruit is covered with a very thin, whitish blush, and becomes soft and tender. The wood is yellowish-white, fine-grained, strong, and flexible. ROS production was found to be significantly affected, having the gewia Vegetative propagation of phalsa Grewia asiatica L.

The fruits are eaten asoatica as dessert, are made into syrup, grrewia extensively employed in the manufacture of soft drinks Other Names: The phalsa plant is a large, shaggy shrub Fig. Sheldon Navie younger leaves and flower clusters Photo: Retrieved from ” https: It has has invaded woodlands in the drier parts of the Cape York Peninsula, particularly in the Laura-Lakefield area.

It is listed as a priority environmental weed in two Natural Resource Management regions.

Sheldon Navie leaves Photo: These fruit turn from green to red and then purplish-black or dark brown when ripe, and their skins are often covered with a thin layer of whitish powder i. The aqueous, methanolic and butanolic extracts of Grewia asiatica fruits were found to produce a stimulatory effect on ROS production however; the chloroform, hexane and ethanol-acetate extracted exerted significant inhibitory effect. Effect of gibberellic acid and some other greiwa growth regulators on fruit set, size, total yield and quality of phalsa Grewia asiatica L.


Chris Gardiner flowers Photo: The results showed that Grewia asiatica fruit has low GI value of 5.

Phalsa: A Potential New Small Fruit for Georgia

The alternate, deciduous, widely spaced, thick, and large leaves are broadly heart-shaped or ovate, pointed at the apex, oblique at the base, measure up to 20 cm in length and 15 cm in width, and coarsely toothed, with a light, whitish blush on the underside. Grewia Grewia asiatica may be confused several native grewia’s Grewia spp.

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Conventional propagation of phalsa plant is by seed. The current study described the effects of Grewia asiatica fruit on glycemic index GI and phagocytosis in healthy non-diabetic human subjects. The delicate, fibrous flesh is light greenish-white becoming colored purplish-red from seed reaching near the skin. The phalsa flavor is pleasantly astringent but delicious due to very appropriate sugar-acid blend.

This species grows on most soil types in drier tropical and semi-arid areas. The bark is used as a soap substitute in Burma. It can tolerate light frost although at the cost of defoliation; the plant is deciduous and normally loses its leaves slowly in those areas with mild winter season. Anatomical studies of rooting in stem cuttings of phalsa Grewia asiatica L.

Grewia asiatica Flowers and leaves Scientific classification Kingdom: The small fleshy fruit mm long and mm wide are somewhat rounded i.

At Laura, it grows in eucalypt and melaleuca woodlands or open forest and is particularly vigorous in riparian areas near the Laura River. The tall-growing wild phalsa plants produce fruits which are of marginal quality and are not relished by most consumers. Bushes flower progressively during the spring months. Tree Information on growing, planting, pruning, maintenance, ripening, taste, pick or bonsai tips. It is used for archers’ bows, spear handles, shingles, and poles for carrying loads on the shoulders.


Leaf-cutting caterpillars attack the foliage at night. Mean berry weight was 1.

Around the beginning of the 20th century, it was introduced into the East Indies including the Philippines where it is naturalized at low elevations in dry zones of the island of Luzon. It was first recorded in Darwin, and has since become relatively widespread in the northern parts of the Northern Territory. Fruit growing in India. It produces purple to black color fruit when ripe. Grewia Grewia asiatica is regarded as an environmental xsiatica in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

The tips of the leaves are pointed or rounded i.

Grewia asiatica – Useful Tropical Plants

Fiber extracted from the bark is made into rope. Seeds stay viable for years and germinate in less than three weeks Sastri The soft, fibrous flesh is greenish-white stained with purplish-red near the skin.

Chris Gardiner close-up of immature and mature fruit Photo: The flowers asistica been found to contain grewinol, a long chain keto-alcohol, tetratricontane ol one Lakshmi grewix Chauhan They vary from being broadly heart-shaped i. Effect of type of wood and planting dates on the rooting of phalsa Grewia asiatica L.

Greenhouse-raised seedlings as well as rooted cuttings of phalsa plants were successfully established inside a cold protected polyethylene-covered field structure.

Bushes were heavily pruned each February to a height of 30 cm Yadav Small inconspicuous flowers, orange petals, bright yellow sepals, It is mostly a weed of open woodlands, grasslands, drier vine thickets, disturbed sites, riparian areas, the margins asoatica lakes and coastal environs.