Non-terpenoid essential oils from Bursera chemapodicta

Philip H. Evans, Judith X. Becerra

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The essential oils of the neotropical deciduous tree Bursera chemapodicta are short-chain alkanes and alkanoic derivatives, which contrast to the terpenoid resins of other characterized Bursera species. The resin composition of B. chemapodicta differs from leaf to twig, indicating a tissue specificity for non-terpenoid essential oil synthesis. Field-collected leaves contained an average of 4.38% heptane and 5.32% total semi-volatiles. This is a major switch in resin chemistry from terpenoid to linear alkanes within the genus Bursera.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)616-618
Number of pages3
JournalFlavour and Fragrance Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Alkane oleoresins
  • Bursera chemapodicta
  • Burseraceae
  • Essential oils chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • General Chemistry


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