A comparative study of the constituents of the essential oils of three Cinnamomum species from Malaysia

Ibrahim Jantan, Yeoh Ee Ling, Suriani Romli, Noorsiha Ayop, Abu Said Ahmad

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Abstract

The chemical composition of the leaf and bark oils of three Cinnamomum species (C. altissimum Kosterm., C. scortechinii Gamb. and C. microphyllum Ridl.) was examined by co-chromatography with authentic samples on two columns of different polarity, GC/MS and linear retention indices. The leaf and bark oils of C. altissimum were made up mainly of sesquiterpenoids (65.6% and 74.5%). Spathulenol (16.1%) was the major component of C. altissimum leaf oil, while linalool (25.3%) was the most abundant component in the bark oil. Many sesquiterpenoids were also found in the leaf and bark oils of C. scortechinii. However, linalool was the most abundant component, constituting 25.4% and 10.6% of the leaf and the bark oils, respectively. The leaf and bark oils of C. microphyllum are potential natural sources of benzyl benzoate since it constituted up to 90.0% and 92.7% of the leaf and bark oils, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-391
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Essential Oil Research
Volume15
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

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Cinnamomum
Malaysia
Volatile Oils
Oils
bark
essential oils
oils
leaves
linalool
sesquiterpenoids
benzyl benzoate
spathulenol
leaf oils
Chromatography
chromatography
chemical composition

Keywords

  • Benzyl benzoate
  • Cinnamomum altissimum
  • Cinnamomum microphyllum
  • Cinnamomum scortechinii
  • Essential oil composition
  • Lauraceae
  • Linalool
  • Spathulenol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)

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A comparative study of the constituents of the essential oils of three Cinnamomum species from Malaysia. / Jantan, Ibrahim; Ling, Yeoh Ee; Romli, Suriani; Ayop, Noorsiha; Ahmad, Abu Said.

In: Journal of Essential Oil Research, Vol. 15, No. 6, 11.2003, p. 387-391.

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Jantan, Ibrahim ; Ling, Yeoh Ee ; Romli, Suriani ; Ayop, Noorsiha ; Ahmad, Abu Said. / A comparative study of the constituents of the essential oils of three Cinnamomum species from Malaysia. In: Journal of Essential Oil Research. 2003 ; Vol. 15, No. 6. pp. 387-391.
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