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Current research work comprises Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) study of two members of Portulaca Family namely, Portulaca pilosa & Portulaca quadrifida Linn. Portulaca pilosa is well known ornamental plant whereas Portulaca quadrifida Linn. is a weed. Both are known for their herbal importance and were grown in March last year in self-built herbal garden. In June last year, twigs of both herbs were plucked and kept under shade for drying. After one month, dry twigs were ground to fine powder and then analyzed using FTIR technique. Functional groups of phytochemicals were identified through FTIR spectral lines. Appropriate correlations of absorption peaks to medicinal compounds have been discussed. As a result, both herbs are found to be rich source of bioactive compounds like alkaloids, flavonoids, fatty acids, tannins, triterpenoids, amino acids and saponins. In conclusion of current study, importance of herbal plants for development of medicines is also highlighted.
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