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Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp 273–276 | Cite as

Composition of the essential oil of Ocimum canum grown in Rwanda

  • L. Ntezurubanza
  • J. J. C. Scheffer
  • A. Looman
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Abstract

The essential oil from leaves and flowers ofOcimum canum Sims, growing wild in Rwanda, was investigated by LSC, GLC and GC-MS. All samples were characterized by a high content of linalool (60–90%). Neither camphor nor citral and methyl cinnamate, compounds reported to be characteristic for different types ofO. canum, could be detected. All monoterpene hydrocarbons were present in minor amounts (<1.5%). The oil samples with the lowest linalool content consisted of relatively large amounts of sesquiterpene hydrocarbons such as bergamotene (about 10%) and Β-caryophyllene (about 5%). Oct-1-en-3-ol and 3-octanol were the only oxygen-containing components, besides linalool, that amounted to more than 1% in most of the oil samples.

Keywords

Public Health Methyl Internal Medicine Citral Hydrocarbon 
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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Ntezurubanza
    • 1
  • J. J. C. Scheffer
    • 1
  • A. Looman
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pharmacognosy, Center for Bio-Pharmaceutical SciencesLeiden University, Gorlaeus LaboratoriesRA LeidenThe Netherlands

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