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Volume 4, Issue 3


Volume 10 (2015)

Volatile constituents of Erodium cicutarium (L.) L’ Hérit. (Geraniaceae)

Niko Radulović / Milan Dekić
  • Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Niš, 18000, Niš, Serbia
  • Department of Bio-Chemical and Medical Sciences, University of Novi Pazar, 36300, Novi Pazar, Serbia
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Published Online: 2009-07-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11535-009-0026-0


Essential oils from Erodium cicutarium were obtained by hydrodistillation (samples consisting of entire plants (ec1), leaves and stems (ec2)) and analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS), resulting in a total of 177 components being identified. The essential oils were of a very similar chemical composition and consisted mainly of aliphatic compounds and their derivatives. Fatty acids and fatty acid derived compounds were the most common, 51.3% (ec1) and 60.1% (ec2), followed by carotenoid derived compounds, 12.6% (ec1) and 20.2% (ec2), and then terpenoids, 14.9% (ec1) and 14.2% (ec2). The main constituents in the oils were hexadecanoic acid, 22.8% (ec2) and 35.9% (ec1) and hexahydrofarnesyl acetone, 10.8% (ec2) and 11.6% (ec1). The results obtained differ markedly from those previously reported for the same species.

Keywords: Erodium cicutarium; Geraniaceae; Essential oil composition; Hexadecanoic acid; Hexahydrofarnesyl acetone; Manool

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Published Online: 2009-07-26

Published in Print: 2009-09-01

Citation Information: Open Life Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 3, Pages 404–410, ISSN (Online) 2391-5412, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11535-009-0026-0.

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