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An examination of the essential oils of Tasmanian Kunzea ambigua, other Kunzea spp. and commercial kunzea oil


Thomas, J and Narkowicz, CK and Jacobson, GA and Davies, NW, An examination of the essential oils of Tasmanian Kunzea ambigua, other Kunzea spp. and commercial kunzea oil, Journal of Essential Oil Research, 22, (5) pp. 381-385. ISSN 1041-2905 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10412905.2010.9700351


Commercial kunzea oil (Ducane kunzea oil) was analyzed by GC/MS and GC-FID and its composition was compared with that of oils from four individual Kunzea ambigua plants and five other Kunzea spp. A total of 64 components were detected in the studied oils. Ducane kunzea oil contained monoterpenes (70%) including -pinene (48.3%), 1,8-cineole (14.5%) and -terpineol (1.9%). Oils from individual K ambigua plants varied significantly in their content of -pinene (0.62.5%),1,8-cineole (011.2%), bicyclogermacrene (0.414%), spathulenol (0.512.2%), globulol (0.522.6%) and viridiflorol (0.338%). The oils from five other Kunzea spp. had significant compositional differences from each K ambigua oil. Kunzea sp. "Badja Carpet" had a high -pinene content (56.1%), K muelleri contained significant levels of allo-aromadendrene (8.0%), spathulenol (7.0%) and, among all the analyzed oils, it had the highest level of bicyclogermacrene (15.7%). Kunzea affinis contained significant levels of p-cymene (26.2%) and -terpinene (12.2%). Kunzea parvifolia gave an oil rich in -terpinene (36.5%) and p-cymene (5.0%).

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Kunzea ambigua; Kunzea affinis; Kunzea Muelleri; Kunzea parvifolia; Kunzea baxterii; Kunzea sp; Badja Carpet, ; Ducane kunzea oil; Myrtaceae; essential oil composition; -pinene; -pinene; p-cymene; 1,8-cineole; -terpinene; bicyclogermacrene; spathu
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Toxicology (incl. clinical toxicology)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Thomas, J (Mr Jackson Thomas)
UTAS Author:Narkowicz, CK (Dr Christian Narkowicz)
UTAS Author:Jacobson, GA (Associate Professor Glenn Jacobson)
UTAS Author:Davies, NW (Associate Professor Noel Davies)
ID Code:66496
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2011-01-31
Last Modified:2011-04-18
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