Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

Monatshefte für Chemie / Chemical Monthly

, Volume 112, Issue 3, pp 341-358

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Über die Zusammensetzung des Pyrolysates von Weihrauch „Aden”, dem Gummiharz vonBoswellia carteri Birdw., 1. Mitt.

  • Mathias PailerAffiliated withInstitut für Pharmazeutische Chemie, Universität Wien
  • , Otto ScheidlAffiliated withInstitut für Pharmazeutische Chemie, Universität Wien
  • , Hans GutwillingerAffiliated withInstitut für Pharmazeutische Chemie, Universität Wien
  • , Erich KleinAffiliated withForschungsabteilung der Dragoco GmbH
  • , Hugo ObermannAffiliated withForschungsabteilung der Dragoco GmbH

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Constituents of pyrolytic products obtained from gum resin of boswellia carteri birdw. (Incense “Aden”)


The pyrolytic products obtained from Incense “Aden” (gum resin ofBoswellia carteri Birdw.) were separated byGirard-P reagent. Prefractionation of the carbonylic portion was achieved by column chromatography on silica gel by gradient-elution. Subsequent GLC/MS-analysis of the resulting fractions allowed the identification of following substances: α-campholenaldehyde, cuminaldehyde, carvotacetone, phellandral,o-methylacetophenone, carvone, perilla-aldehyde, eucarvone, l-acetyl-4-isopropenylcyclopentene, piperitone, nopinone, cryptone, verbenone, γ-campholenaldehyde, thujone, myrtenoic acid,p-menth-4-en-3-one, 3,6,6-trimethylnorpinan-2-one, myrtenal, 2,4-dimethylacetophenone, pinocamphone or isopinocamphone, isopropylidencyclohexane, α-amyrenone (2) and ll-keto-α-amyrenone (4).


Carbonylic compounds of pyrolytic products GLC/MS-Identification Gum resin of Boswellia carteri Birdw. Incense