Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 641–644 | Cite as

Fatty acid composition of Viscum album subspecies from Turkey

  • D. Deliorman Orhan
  • I. Orhan


The lipophylic extracts of three Viscum album subspecies growing on different host plants in Turkey were comparatively analyzed for derived methyl esters of their fatty acids by capillary gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The sample of V. album ssp. album growing on apricot trees was remarkably rich in palmitic acid (11.47%). Arachidic acid was found in only ssp. austriacum and ssp. abietis samples. The unsaturated fatty acids, mainly oleic and linoleic acids, were identified in nine lipophylic extracts obtained from V. album samples belonging to ssp. album. The amounts of linoleic and oleic acid were the highest in the sample of ssp. album growing on apricot trees (12.18 and 9.19%, respectively).

Key words

fatty acid Loranthaceae GC-MS ssp. album ssp. abietis ssp. austriacum Omega-6 Omega-3 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Deliorman Orhan
    • 1
  • I. Orhan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacyGazi UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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