A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE PHYTOCHEMICAL VARIABILITY OF ARBOREAL RUTACEAE MEMBERSAbstract
The accumulation tendencies of different classes of compounds within the related Rutaceae genera and species are well documented, considering different populations and plant individuals. Aegle marmelos is one species which has been largely exploited in India in indigenous systems of medicine as a potential herbal medicine for abdominal disorders. The species has been listed as Vulnerable due to its destructive harvest. In this paper, the secondary metabolites of Aegle marmelos are compared with two other arboreal species, Feronia limonia and Chloroxylon sweitenia. This is an unexploited field of research in Natural Products and Pharmacology which offers great potential to identify species which can be used as substitutes or alternates in indigenous medicine. Use of alternate species requires further understanding of the pharmacology; however, a profiling of the compounds of the three species reveals that the chemical composition is almost similar, the other members having increased levels of the metabolites, in addition to newer compounds, suggesting their use as alternatives.
Rekha R. Warrier*, P. Priyadharshini and A.N. Arun Kumar
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