Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 3 No. 2

Antimicrobial Activity and Preliminary Phytochemical Analysis of Begonia malabarica Lam

S.N. Suresh* and N. Nagarajan

PG and Research Department of Botany, Kongunadu Arts and Science College Coimbatore-29, India.

Received on 03 May 2009 and accepted on 14 June 2009



In the present study, the methanolic extract of the stem of Begonia malabarica was subjected to preliminary phytochemical studies and antimicrobial studies against certain human pathogenic microorganisms. The phytochemical analysis showed the presence of Flavanoids, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Steroids, Resins, Tannins and Thiols. The antimicrobial activity analysis shows that activity against bacterial strains is comparatively less than that of the fungal strains.

Keywords : Begonia malabarica, Phytochemical analysis, Antimicrobial activity.