Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3793

Full Length Research Paper

Isolation and characterization of 2, 3, 8-tri-me ether ellagic acid from the stem bark of Irvingia gabonensis (Baill)

George, I. Ndukwe1*, Amupitan, J. O.1 and Yimin Zhao2    
1Department of Chemistry, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria. 2Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Beijing, PR China.      
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 September 2008
  •  Published: 28 September 2013


The stem bark of Irvingia gabonensis used variously in ethno medicinal treatments in some parts of Nigeria was studied. A silica gel column chromatography of the methanol extract (using only chloroform) eluted a pale yellow crystalline substance identified by means of spectral analyses as 2,3,8-Tri-Me ether ellagic acid.


Key words: Irvingia gabonensis, 2, 3, 8-Tri-Me ether ellagic acid, chromatography, spectral analyses.