Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 196–198 | Cite as

Alkaloids from the Rhizomes of Iris germanica

  • Guoyong Xie
  • Xiaoying Qin
  • Yuejie Chen
  • Rui Wen
  • Sasa Wu
  • Minjian Qin

The genus Iris (Iridaceae) comprises over 300 species, which is distributed mainly in the northern hemisphere. Iris germanica L., a perennial herb, is cultivated as an ornamental and aromatic plant in many areas of the world. The rhizomes of I. germanica are traditionally used in Pakistan for dropsy and gall bladder diseases, and as a diuretic, antispasmodic, stimulant, and aperient [1]. Previous phytochemical investigations of the Iris plants have revealed a variety of compounds, including flavones, isoflavones and their glycosides, benzoquinones, triterpenoids, and stilbene glycosides [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. In this study, nine alkaloid compounds were reported from the plant.

The rhizomes of Iris germanica L. were purchased from Qianxiang Town, Dongyang City, Zhejiang Province of China, in August 2010. The plant was identied by Prof. Minjian Qin, and a voucher specimen (No. Xie 2010001) was deposited in the Herbarium of Medicinal Plants of China Pharmaceutical University.

Air-dried rhizomes...


MeOH Isoflavones CD3OD White Powder Pyrazine 
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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 81373918), National Major Scientific and Technological Special Project for “Significant New Drugs Development” during the Twelfth Five-year Plan Period (Grant No. 2012ZX09304006), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (ZJ15028).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guoyong Xie
    • 1
  • Xiaoying Qin
    • 1
  • Yuejie Chen
    • 1
  • Rui Wen
    • 1
  • Sasa Wu
    • 1
  • Minjian Qin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Resources Science of Traditional Chinese Medicines, State Key Laboratory of Natural MedicinesChina Pharmaceutical UniversityNanjingP. R. China

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