Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 761–762 | Cite as

Chemical Composition of the Essential Oil of Vernonia crotonoides

  • Cintia C. de Carvalho
  • Izabel C. C. Turatti
  • Norberto P. Lopes
  • Andrea M. do Nascimento

The genus Vernonia (family Asteraceae) comprises approximately 1000 species distributed in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, particularly in Africa and South America [1]. Several Vernonia species are widely used in native cultures as remedies for a variety of human ailments due to their therapeutic value. As a consequence of their ethnobotanical uses, several species have been investigated chemically [2]. So far the sesquiterpene lactones and flavonoids are the most characteristic compounds, which have been used as taxonomic markers [3]. Despite this extensive investigation, little is known about the essential oil composition of the genus Vernonia.

Vernonia crotonoides (DC.) Sch. Bip. is a synonym for Eremanthus crotonoides (DC.) Sch. Bip. [4]. Literature survey reveals that no phytochemical investigations from any part of the globe have been previously carried out on the essential oil of V. crotonoides. As such, the objective behind this research work was to...


Eugenol Sesquiterpene Lactone Caryophyllene Fresh Weight Basis Sesquiterpene Hydrocarbon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cintia C. de Carvalho
    • 1
  • Izabel C. C. Turatti
    • 2
  • Norberto P. Lopes
    • 2
  • Andrea M. do Nascimento
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Quimica, Instituto de Ciencias Exatas e BiologicasUniversidade Federal de Ouro PretoOuro PretoBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Fisica e Quimica, Faculdade de Ciencias Farmaceuticas de Ribeirao PretoUniversidade de Sao PauloRibeirao PretoBrazil

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