Terpenoids of Blumea oxyodonta Essential Oil
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Blumea oxyodonta DC. (Asteraceae) is a diffuse herb that grows up to 30 cm long. Many stems branch out from the base; they are spreading, procumbent, or ascending, villous white, with long glandular hairs. The leaves are radical and clustered at the base, densely silky white, and have glandular hairs on both surfaces. B. oxyodonta is grown as a weed near moist places of the Ghats and distributed throughout India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Indochina, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines . In the traditional system of medicine the decoction of the roots is used for treatment of impotency and spermatorrhea . The aim of this study was to explore the terpenoid profile of B. oxyodonta. To the best of the author’s knowledge, B. oxyodonta has not been the subject of any research, and this is the first scientific report on the terpenoid constituents of its essential oil.
The author is grateful to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, India for providing the necessary facilities and thankful to Mahesh B. Wagharwadi, Multi Tasking Staff (MTS), Department of Phytochemistry, NITM, Belagavi for processing of the plant material and extraction of the oil.
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