This review describes the morphological, phytochemical and pharmacological properties of Michelia alba (Magnoliaceae). The genus Michelia (Magnoliaceae) consists of approximately 30 species. Michelia alba D.C. is a tall tree native to Indonesia and has been used by the native Malays in Indonesia and Malaysia for medicinal purposes. The tree producing these flowers ranges from 10 to 15 meters in height and can grow up to 20 meters if cultivated in a high-moisture area. Cracks in the stem bark are in a reticulated pattern along the trunk. Michelia alba is an annual flowering plant; generally the flowers begin to bloom in the evening, with their scent becoming widespread; the scent begins to fade in the afternoon. Gardeners usually collect the flowers twice a day: at night and at dawn. This plant was used for the treatment of fever, syphilis, gonorrhea and malaria, and was regarded traditionally as an abortive agent. The present pape r enumerates an overview of phytochemical composition and pharmacological aspects that is useful to researchers for further exploration for necessary development of this potential herb.
International Journal of Pharmacy & Therapeutics 5(4),289-292