Study of the oleanolic and ursolic acid contents of some species of the Lamiaceae

Gábor Janicsák, Katalin Veres, András Zoltán Kakasy, Imre Máthé

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The oleanolic and ursolic acid contents from 88 taxa of Lamiaceae (19 genera, 66 species, 8 subspecies, 9 varieties and 5 hybrids) were investigated using gas chromatography. Both triterpenoid acids were present in all of the investigated taxa, but the plants belonging in the subfamily Nepetoideae produced significantly higher amounts than those in the subfamily Lamioideae. The oleanolic acid content ranged from traces to 1.840% dry weight, and that of ursolic acid from traces to 4.019% dry weight.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-396
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical Systematics and Ecology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2006


  • Chemotaxonomy
  • Gas chromatography
  • Lamiaceae
  • Oleanolic acid
  • Subfamily Lamioideae
  • Subfamily Nepetoideae
  • Triterpenoids
  • Ursolic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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