Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 901–902 | Cite as

Volatile composition of underground parts of Selinum vaginatum and possible uses

  • R. S. Chauhan
  • M. C. Nautiyal
  • Gilles Figueredo
  • Pierre Chalard

Selinum is a dwarf or medium-size genus with 35 species of perennial, branched herbs belonging to the family Apiaceae. Plants of this genus grow in humus-rich slopes of the temperate zone of the Himalayas and South African and Andean mountains between 6000–14000 ft. asl. Selinum vaginatum C.B. Clarke is an important medicinal and aromatic plant species (MAPs) in this genus. Rhizomes of S. vaginatum produce odor and are mixed as adulterant with rhizomes of Nardostachys jatamansi due to their similar appearance [1], but they can be differentiated with anatomical detail [2].

Plants of this genus are aromatic and possess antispasmodic and diuretic properties [3]. Selenidin, oroselol, and angelicin have been reported from the petroleum extract of the root [1,4], whereas the essential oil composition of S. vaginatumhas not been reported so far. However, cultivation trials are continuing on this species at the High Altitude Plant Physiology Research Centre (Uttarakhand, India). There is an...


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The authors are thankful to the Director, HAPPRC for providing facilities for this work. Financial support from the Department of Biotechnology and National Medicinal Plant Board, Government of India, New Delhi is acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. S. Chauhan
    • 1
  • M. C. Nautiyal
    • 1
  • Gilles Figueredo
    • 2
  • Pierre Chalard
    • 3
  1. 1.High Altitude Plant Physiology Research CenterH.N.B. Garhwal UniversityUttarakhandIndia
  2. 2.LEXVA AnalytiqueBeaumontFrance
  3. 3.Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, Laboratoire de Chimie des Heterocycles et des GlucidesEA987/UBPAubiere cedexFrance

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