A chemotaxonomic survey of major alkaloids in Lotononis and Buchenroedera

Ben Erik Van Wyk, Gerhard H. Verdoorn

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A survey of alkaloids in five species of Buchenroedera and 27 species of Lotononis has shown the presence of several pyrrolizidine, quinolizidine and piperidyl alkaloids. Senecionine, integerrimine, platyphylline, neoplatyphylline, sparteine, lupanine, 11-epi-lupanine, nuttalline and ammodendrine have been positively identified. The co-occurrence of quinolizidine and macrocyclic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the same genus is a new record for the Leguminosae and also appears to be a unique chemotaxonomic character for Buchenroedera and Lotononis. The distribution of alkaloids in Lotononis does not support the traditional infrageneric classification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-389
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical Systematics and Ecology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1989


  • Buchenroedera
  • Crotalarieae
  • Leguminosae
  • Lotononis
  • chemotaxonomy
  • co-occurrence
  • macrocyclic pyrrolizidine alkaloids
  • quinolizidine alkaloids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry


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