Economic Botany

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 54–68

Vernonia galamensis, Potential new crop source of epoxy acid

  • Robert E. Perdue
  • Kenneth D. Carlson
  • Michael G. Gilbert

DOI: 10.1007/BF02858947

Cite this article as:
Perdue, R.E., Carlson, K.D. & Gilbert, M.G. Econ Bot (1986) 40: 54. doi:10.1007/BF02858947


Vernonia galamensis is a good source of seed oil rich in epoxy acid, which can be used to manufacture plastic formulations, protective coatings, and other products. Seed from a natural stand in Ethiopia contained 31% epoxy acid. Under cultivation in Kenya, this unimproved germplasm produced a substantial yield of seed with 32% epoxy acid. This African species has good natural seed retention and is a promising new crop for semiarid tropical areas.

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© New York Botanical Garden 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Perdue
    • 1
  • Kenneth D. Carlson
    • 2
  • Michael G. Gilbert
    • 3
  1. 1.Plant Exploration and Taxonomy Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Agricultural Research ServiceUSDABeltsville
  2. 2.Oilseed Crops Laboratory, Northern Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research ServiceUSDAPeoria
  3. 3.Ethiopian Flora Project, HerbariumRoyal Botanic Garden, KewRichmond

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