What is it about?

The cuticular characters of the leaf and volatile organic compounds of Hypodaphnis are reported for the first time. The two data sources would assist in distinguishing it from other related plants. Some of the compounds have potential as an emollient, perfuming agent and a skin conditioning agent; and for ascertaining the authenticity of olive oil.

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Why is it important?

We showcase features of cuticles of the leaf and the document the most abundant volatile organic compounds of the leaf and fruit. This can be harnessed into commerce for massive production of the chemicals because of the chemicals. The plant is confined to Africa.


The work was thoroughly investigated and reviewed. My collaborators are seasoned plant taxonomist and chemist. The outcome of this work will benefit science and botanical classification of the family Lauraceae

Dr Akeem Kadiri
Department of Botany, University of Lagos, Nigeria

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This page is a summary of: Systematic significance of the leaf cuticle of Hypodaphnis zenkeri (Engl.) Stapf (Lauraceae) and a record of its volatile organic compounds, Acta Botanica Hungarica, March 2019, Akademiai Kiado, DOI: 10.1556/034.61.2019.1-2.5.
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