Aim:Solanum virginianum L., an important medicinal plant used in Dashmoolarishtha, belongs to the Laghoopanchamoola group. It is also used in various Ayurvedic formulations. It is reported as rare and endangered species in some parts of India. To fulfil the raw drug demand of the market, it is necessary to increase its production on a large scale.
Materials and methods: Mature plants were collected, identified, authenticated and herbarium specimens preserved in herbarium section of the institute. Mature seeds were subjected to various treatments like hot water, sulfuric acid (H2SO4), and different concentrations of gibberellic acid (GA3).
Result: Data obtained from the experiments indicated that the pre-sowing treatment with GA3 was effective in breaking seed dormancy as compared to the treatments with hot water and conc. sulfuric acid.
Conclusion: Seed germination of S. virginianum L. could be achieved irrespective of the season by treating seeds with GA3.
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