Volatile oil comparison of cotyledon leaves of chemotypes of Melaleuca alternifolia.

Oil quantity and quality were measured for the cotyledon leaves of the commercial terpinen-4-ol chemical variety of Melaleuca alternifolia. Oil yield obtained by ethanolic extraction was 3.8 micrograms per leaf or 2.6% (dry weight basis). The major components of the oil were alpha-pinene (7.4%), beta-pinene (12.0%) and terpinolene (27.3%). The non… CONTINUE READING