Monograph of medicinally important plant Catharanthus roseus

Catharanthus roseus commonly known as sadabahar is a well known plant for its abundant growth and flowers in many parts of world. However the plant also possesses several medicinal properties such as anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, antifungal activity, antibacterial activity, etc. This medicinal potential of the plant can be attributed to presence of several bioactive phytochemical compounds synthesized in the plant. Among different metabolites alkaloids are the most important class of compounds synthesized in almost all parts of the plant including root, stem, leaves and flowers.  Besides having medicinal potential plant has also been characterized to be toxic.