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Determination of Salidroside in Medicinal Plants Belonging to the Rhodiola L. Genus Originating from the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau

  • Shilong Chen
  • Dejun Zhang
  • Shengyun Chen
  • Tao Xia
  • Qingbo Gao
  • Yizhong Duan
  • Faqi Zhang
Limited Short Communication


The Rhodiola L. genus (Crassulaceae) is one of the most important medicinal plant products used by Tibetans in Chinese phytotherapy. Fourteen species were examined for their content of salidroside. A considerable quantitative variation was observed using high-performance liquid chromatography and this depended on species and regional factors. It was found that all samples contained salidroside at concentrations ranging between 0.02 mg g−1 (R. sinuate) and 15.95 mg g−1 (R. sacra), respectively. The content of salidroside in R. sacra was significantly higher than in other popular medicinal plants of this genus. This finding indicated that there may be more Rhodiola species present in the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau which may be used as a potential source of salidroside.


Column liquid chromatography Salidroside Crassulaceae Rhodiola 



We gratefully acknowledge comments and suggestions made by the reviewers. We would like to thank Ms. Yang Yueqin for the operation of the HPLC system. This study was financed by grants from National Basic Research Program of China (2008CB117013) and International Foundation for Science, IFS D 4258-1 and from the “Western Light” programme of talent cultivation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Ministry of Personnel of China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shilong Chen
    • 1
  • Dejun Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shengyun Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tao Xia
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qingbo Gao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yizhong Duan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Faqi Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Adaptation and Evolution of Plateau Biota, Northwest Institute of Plateau BiologyChinese Academy of SciencesXiningChina
  2. 2.Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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