Hydrolysable tannins as chemotaxonomic markers in the rosaceae

Takuo Okuda, Takashi Yoshida, Tsutomu Hatano, Mayumi Iwasaki, Makiko Kubo, Teruyo Orime, Masao Yoshizaki, Naohiro Naruhashi

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A HPLC survey of leaves of 80 plants (62 species, 15 hybrids, one variety and two cytotypes) from 18 genera of four subfamilies of Rosaceae, using five oligomeric hydrolysable tannins, five monomeric hydrolysable tannins, and chlorogenic acid as reference compounds, showed that the oligomers can be used as chemotaxonomic markers for the family, viz., sanguiin H-6 and H-11 in the genera Sanguisorba and Rubus, gemin A in Geum, agrimoniin in Agrimonia, Fragaria and Potentilla, and rugosin D in Filipendula. The hydrolysable tannin monomers were widely distributed in the herbaceous and frutescent Rosoideae species, but not in the arborous species of the other subfamilies. Chlorogenic acid was found in almost all of the plants examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3091-3096
Number of pages6
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1992


  • Rosaceae
  • agrimoniin
  • chemotaxonomy.
  • gemin A
  • hydrolysable tannins
  • oligomeric hydrolysable tannins
  • polyphenols
  • rugosin D
  • sanguiin
  • tannins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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