Volatile constituents of Notobubon and Nanobubon (Apiaceae, tribe Tordylieae)

Oluwakemi K. Sobiyi, Guy P.P. Kamatou, Alvaro M. Viljoen, Anthony R. Magee, Ben Erik Van Wyk

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The essential oil composition and headspace volatiles from the aerial parts of the genera Notobubon and Nanobubon are reported for the first time. Eleven of the thirteen Notobubon and two of the three Nanobubon species were studied. Oil yields obtained by hydro-distillation ranged from 0.1 to 3.6% of dry weight. Forty-four compounds representing 63.8–96.8% of the total oil were identified from the essential oil of eight species of Notobubon and one species of Nanobubon by GC/MS-FID. p-Cymene was present in all samples of Notobubon but not detected in Nanobubon. GC/GC-ToF-MS headspace analysis of eleven species of Notobubon showed α-pinene (1–48%), β-pinene (2–31%), p-cymene (1–41%), sabinene (1–27%), α-thujene (1–22%), and in one species estragole (78–97%) as the main compounds, while in Nanobubon myrcene (1–37%), limonene (13–30%), 3-methyl-2-methylene-butanenitrile (0–27%), sabinene (1–26%) and α-pinene (1–25%) were identified as major constituents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-298
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Essential Oil Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017


  • Apiaceae
  • Nanobubon
  • Notobubon
  • Umbelliferae
  • essential oil composition
  • headspace volatiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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