Aerial parts of 17 species of Euphorbiaceae, distributed in 11 genera, have been examined for the presence of betaines. Trigonelline was isolated from all the tested species, but the yield was low, varying from 0.004% (based on dry weight) from Euphorbia tirucalli to 0.1% from Ricinus communis. Glycinebetaine was also found in many of the plants examined, the yield varying from 0.004% from Euphorbia triangularis and Chamaesyce hirta to 0.1% from Jatropha multifida and J. podagrica. Although only a restricted number of species has been examined, the conclusion can be drawn that Euphorbiaceae can be classified as a non-betaine accumulating family.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Umm Al-Qura Journal for Science, Medicine, and Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|