Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ISSN : 0975-7384)

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Original Articles: 2010 Vol: 2 Issue: 4

Isolation and characterization of inositol from the ethanolic leaf extract of Aspilia africana


Dried leaves of Aspilia africana were subjected to extraction with ethanol. Partitioning of the ethanolic crude extract with petroleum ether, acetone, chloroform and ethanol yielded white crystals in the ethanolic fraction. Chemical and spectroscopic analysis revealed the crystals to be inositol. This is the first report of the presence of inositol in the leaves of Aspilia africana.