J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1983, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (3): -.

• Research Articles •    

Fatty Acid Composition of Three Species of Litsea

Wang Jing-ping, Meng Shao-jiang and Li Jing-min   

Abstract: The seed oils of three species (Litsea cubeba (Lour.) Pers, L. auriculata Chien et Cheng, L. subcoriacea Yang et P. H. Huang) were examined and the fatty acid composition of these oils was determined by GLC. Their major fatty acid was identified as lauric acid, Its amount ranged from 34.6%–75.4%. The major acid of the fruit coat oil from L. subcoriacea Y. H. Huang was different from that of the seed oil. The former contained 50% linoleic acid. The unsaturated C10, C12, C14 acids of the seed oil from L. cubeba (Lour.) Pers were separated by distillation, column chromatography and were identified by Periodate-Perman-ganate oxidation, IR, NMR and MS. They are cis-4-decenoic, cis-4-dodecenoic and cis-4-tetradecenoic acids respectively.

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