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Keywords:

  • Aframomum exscapum (Sims) Hepper;
  • Zingiberaceae;
  • essential oil;
  • 1,8-cineole;
  • leaves;
  • stems;
  • pulp;
  • seed oil

Abstract

Chemical composition of essential oils obtained by hydrodistillation of leaves, stems, pulp and seeds of fruits of Aframomum exscapum (Sims) Hepper grown in Guadeloupe was investigated by GC and GC–MS. Forty-four volatile compounds were identified, among which 1,8-cineole was the main constituent in all parts of the plant (47–86%). These analytical data confirm that the species from Guadeloupe is not Aframomum melegueta (Rosc.) K. Schum. as initially claimed by local botanists. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.