Chemical Composition of Tipuana tipu, a Source for Tropical Honey Bee Products

Alberto dos Santos Pereira 1  and Francisco Radler de Aquino Neto 2
  • 1 LADETEC, Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundão, CT, Bloco A, Sala 607, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil – 21949-900
  • 2 LADETEC, Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundão, CT, Bloco A, Sala 607, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil - 21949-900

Tipuana tipu (Benth.) Kuntze is a tree from the leguminosae family (Papilionoideae) indigenous in Argentina and extensively used in urbanism, mainly in Southern Brazil. The epicuticular waxes of leaves and branch, and flower surface were studied by high temperature high resolution gas chromatography. Several compounds were characterized, among which the aliphatic alcohols were predominant in branch, leaves and receptacle. Alkanes were predominant only in the petals and the aliphatic acids were predominant in stamen. In branches and leaf epicuticular surfaces, six long chain wax esters series were characterized, as well as lupeol and b-amyrin hexadecanoates.

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A Journal of Biosciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C (ZNC) is an international scientific journal for the emerging field of natural and natural-like products. ZNC publishes original research on the isolation, bio-chemical synthesis and bioactivities of natural products, their biochemistry, pharmacology, biotechnology, and biological activity and innovative developed computational methods for predicting their structure and/or function.

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