The Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences Vol 15 No 1 (2011): 22 – 26






M.A.A. Yahya1, W.A. Yaacob1* and I. Nazlina2


1School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology,

2School of Bioscience and Biotechnology,

Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,

43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.


*Corresponding author:




A phytochemical investigation was conducted on the rhizomes of Etlingera sphaerocephala var. grandiflora  (Zingiberaceae). Steroids of β-sitosterol and stigmasterol, together with a phenolic compound of paeonol were isolated using several chromatographic means. Their structures were established on the basis of extensive spectroscopic (IR, MS, NMR) data analysis and by comparison of the data obtained with those of the literature.


Keywords: Zingiberaceae, Etlingera sphaerocephala var. grandiflora, β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, paeonol, NMR



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