Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 407–410 | Cite as

Chemical Constituents of the Leaves of Michelia figo

  • H. C. Chen
  • C. L. Kao
  • C. T. Chen
  • H. T. Li
  • C. Y. Chen

Species belonging to the genus Michelia are arboreous plants, growing in temperate zones of oriental India, southern China, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The species most utilized is Michelia champaca: its cortex and seeds are used as febrifuge and tonic-aromatic; the roots are employed as emmenagogue, the leaves as astringent, the gemmae in the treatment of hemorrhage, and the flowers and fruits are believed to possess curative properties in enteritis [1]. The less known species, M. figo, is used as ornamental plants and to obtain essences [1]. M. figo is an evergreen medium shrub, commonly called banana shrub, because of the heavy, sweet fragrant banana scent of its purple flowers. The plant is also known in Indian folk medicine as a remedy against hypertension [2]. To further understand the chemotaxonomy of the Michelia species [3, 4, 5, 6, 7], M. figowas chosen for phytochemical investigation. The chemical constituents of the leaves of this plant have not yet been reported. The...



This investigation was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China (MOST-104-2320-B-0242- 001-MY3) awarded to C. Y. Chen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nutrition and Health ScienceFooyin UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan
  2. 2.Tzu Hui Institute of TechnologyPingtung CountyTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Medical Sciences Industry, College of Health SciencesChang Jung Christian UniversityTainanTaiwan
  4. 4.Department of Medical Laboratory Science and BiotechnologyFooyin UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan
  5. 5.School of Medical and Health SciencesFooyin UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan

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