Red Squill

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Red squill consists of the bulb of Urginea maritima. The red species has deep, reddish-brown outer scales and yellowish white inner scales, covered with a pinkish epidermis, intermediate forms also occurring. Red colour is attributed to anthocyanin.


RED SQUILL

 

 

Red squill consists of the bulb of Urginea maritima. The red species has deep, reddish-brown outer scales and yellowish white inner scales, covered with a pinkish epidermis, inter-mediate forms also occurring. Red colour is attributed to anthocyanin. There is no much difference in constituents when compared to white squill but it contains scilliroside, a glycoside; which is toxic to rats. No essential difference exists in the medicinal properties of the two kinds. The white and red squills are called chemical races.

 

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