Acta botánica mexicana
versión impresa ISSN 0187-7151
The volatile composition of the leaves of Bursera velutina Bullock (Burseraceae) was determined by a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS). the major component found was 2-phenylethanol (29.5%). This is the first report of 2-phenylethanol in the leaves of a species of the genus Bursera. in addition, B. velutina also produces monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, diterpenes and alkanes, making it a species with one of the most complex chemical compositions in the genus. this diverse and unique blend of compounds may play an important role in plant defense against its herbivores.
Palabras llave : Burseraceae; Bursera velutina; 2-phenylethanol; Mexico; terpenes.