Comparative studies of the rosmarinic and caffeic acid contents of Lamiaceae species

Gábor Janicsák, Imre Máthé, Vilmos Miklóssy-Vári, Gerald Blunden

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The rosmarinic and caffeic acid contents of 96 Lamiaceae taxa (20 genera, 76 species, 8 subspecies, 9 varieties, 3 hybrids) were investigated using a TLC-densitometric method. Rosmarinic acid was present in all species of the subfamily Nepetoideae, but was absent from those in the subfamily Lamioideae. However, with the exception of 3 Lamioideae species, caffeic acid was found in measurable quantities in all taxa studied. The rosmarinic acid content ranged from 0.01 to 9.30 mg/g, while that of caffeic acid varied from 0 to 0.62 mg/g.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-738
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical Systematics and Ecology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1999


  • Caffeic acid
  • Chemotaxonomy
  • Densitometry
  • Lamiaceae
  • Rosmarinic acid
  • Subfamily Lamioideae
  • Subfamily Nepetoideae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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