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    • Keywords


      Sitosterol; Stigmasterol; Unsaponifiable Matter; Lupeol; Average Chain Length

    • Abstract


      Past work on the chemical components of a number of plants of the family Asclepiadaceæ is reviewed. They are found to contain resinols though many of these were originally mistaken for sterols. With a view to test if this is an invariable rule another member,Leptadenia reticulata, has now been studied. The major portion of the wax consists of aliphatic wax esters derived from long-chain alcohols (C28–C34) and long-chain acids (C28–C22). Considerable amount of sterols occur free and the mixture seems to consist mostly of stigmasterol along with smaller amounts of sitosterols of which γ-sitosteral could be characterised. No resinols could be detected.

    • Author Affiliations


      P Bhaskara Rama Murti1 T R Seshadri1

      1. Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Andhra University, India
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