ENECHI O.C1*, PETERCHIBUIKE D.1, UGWUOKECHUKWU P.C1.UDEHSYLVESTER M.C1. AND OMEH, YUSUF S.
Ceiba pentandrais a tropical tree of the order Malvalesandofthe family Malvaceaewhich was previously separated from the family Bombacaceae. Its leaf has been found to possess many medicinal and nutritional properties. Ceiba Pentandrais huge, wide and normally found in the wild forest of West Africa in the tropical forest regions. This work was carried out to investigate the potential nutritional values of Ceiba pentandra leaf with a view to evaluating the nutritional importance of the plant. This was achieved by evaluating the proximate, quantitative phytochemicals and vitamin constituents of the plant. The result of the proximate analysis revealed relatively high percentage of moisture (47.37%), protein (16.81%),carbohydrate (25.23%), low percentage of fibre (4.47%), fats (2.23%) and ash (2.14%). Resultsof the quantitative phytochemical analysisrevealed alkaloids (4.887±0.07), terpenoids (0.934±0.011), flavonoids (20.147±0.651), polyphenol (99.34±0.753) and saponin (3.91±0.119). Also, the result of the vitamin composition showedthe presence of vitamin A (2.323μg/g), vitamin C (0.6863mg/100g) and vitamin E (1.8836mg/100g). In the light of this investigation, Ceiba pentandra has been found to contain some nutrients and this supports its ethno-medicinal uses and therefore makes it a good source of nutrients and medicine that require special attention for development