The chemotaxonomic significance of root anthraquinones and pre-anthraquinones in the genus Lomatophyllum (asphodelaceae)
Van Wyk, Ben-Erik
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The roots of seven species of Lomatophyllum were analysed by TLC and HPLC for the presence of nine different anthraquinones and pre-anthraquinones which are all known to be characteristic constituents of the subterranean metabolism of Aloe. Chrysophanol and asphodelin were detected in all the samples analysed. In addition, the 1-methyl-8-hydroxyanthraquinones aloesaponarin I, aloesaponarin II and laccaic acid d-methyl ester, together with the corersponding pre-anthraquinones were detected in all seven species. The results support the inclusion of Lomatophyllum in Aloe.
CitationBiochemical Systematics and Ecology Volume 23, Issues 7–8, November–December 1995, Pages 805–808
University of NairobiDepartment of Chemistry, Addis Ababa UniversityDepartment of Botany, Rand Afrikaans UniversityCollege of Biological and Physical Sciences,University of Nairobi