Studies on Bilimbi
Author Name : S. Chaitanya kumari
ABSTRACT: Bilimbi (Averrhoa bilimbi) is a multipurpose, drought resistant evergreen tree with various therapeutic potentials. It belongs to family Oxalidaceae. The plant has an enormous medicinal value since most of the parts like leaves, bark, flowers, fruits, seeds, roots or the whole part are used as alternative medicine to treat a variety of diseases. It is a good source of oxalic acid. The extract of various parts of Averrhoa bilimbi is medicinally used as a folk remedy for many symptoms so it necessary to know the disease causing pathogens of the plant as well as antimicrobial activity of leaf and fruit extracts against human pathogens. It has been examined and reviewed for making it popular in common household in Telangana state and elsewhere. Therefore in this paper it has been studied from microbiological view point and general significances have been highlighted. The material has been collected from Telangana and Maharastra states. However, the fruit, leaves microflora has been examined. It is a pest free tree. The fruit and leaf extract has good antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus. It’s culinary and pharmaceutical uses are reviewed to popularize this plant.