Planta Med 2008; 74 - SL61
DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1083941

Chemotypic variations of the essential oils of Mentha taxa collected in the Marmara region of Turkey

KHC Baser 1, M Kurkcuoglu 1, B Demirci 1, T Ozek 1, G Tarimcilar 2
  • 1Anadolu University, Facultyof Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy, 26470 Eskisehir, Turkey
  • 2Uludag University, Faculty of Science and Letters, Department of Biology, 16059 Bursa, Turkey

The genus Mentha L. (Lamiaceae) is represented by 16 taxa in the Flora of Turkey [1,2]. Eleven taxa belonging to 8 species (including hybrids) have been investigated for essential oils. The oils obtained by hydrodistillation using a Clevenger apparatus were analysed by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). In our ongoing research into compositions of Mentha taxa in Turkey, we had previously reported on the mint oils of Northern Turkey [3]. In this study over 100 oil samples of the following taxa were investigated: M. pulegium, M. aquatica, M. piperita nm. citrata, M. rotundifolia, M. x dumetorum, M. x villosa-nervata, M. spicata var. spicata, M. spicata var. tomentosa, M. longifolia subsp. longifolia, M. longifolia subsp. typhoides. Chemotypic variations are discussed based on the previous and present results.

Acknowledgements: Authors acknowledge the financial support of TUBITAK (Project No. 105S089).

References: 1. Davis, P.H. (1982) Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands. Vol: 7, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

2. Guner A., Ozhatay N., Ekim T., Baser K.H.C. (2000) Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands Vol: 11, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

3. Baser, K.H.C. et al. (1999)J. Essent. Oil Res. 11:579–588.