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Keywords:

  • Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume;
  • lauraceae;
  • leaf essential oil;
  • eugenol;
  • benzyl benzoate;
  • GC-MS

Abstract

The essential oil of cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume) grown at Bangalore and Hyderabad has been analysed by capillary GC and GC-MS. Besides the main constituent, eugenol (81.4-84.5%), 47 other constituents, including those present in trace amounts, have been identified in the oil samples from the two locations. The two samples differed with respect to the relative amounts of linalol, (E)-cinnamaldehyde, (E)-cinnamyl acetate, β-caryophyllene and benzyl benzoate. Also the oil content of the Hyderabad material was found to be higher than that of the Bangalore material.