October 2011
Acta Botanica Mexicana;oct2011, Issue 97, p9
Academic Journal
The volatile composition of the leaves of Bursera velutina Bullock (Burseraceae) was determined by a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS). The major component found was 2-phenylethanol (29.5%). This is the first report of 2-phenylethanol in the leaves of a species of the genus Bursera. In addition, B. velutina also produces monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, diterpenes and alkanes, making it a species with one of the most complex chemical compositions in the genus. This diverse and unique blend of compounds may play an important role in plant defense against its herbivores.


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