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Like most triterpenoids, ursolic acid is ubiquitous in the plant kingdom5. Ursolic acid and its derivatives are constituents of numerous plants which are having diversified phylogenetic origin and taxonomic position. It has been isolated from the protective wax-like coatings of apples, pears, cranberries, prunes, and other fruits6. Seaweed’s are rich in ursolic acid derivatives6. Some of the more commonly known medicinal plants containing ursolic acid are shown in Table 16,7.

Table 1. Partial List of Medicinal Plants Containing Ursolic Acid

Common Name Botanical Name Family
Holy Basil (Tulsi) Ocimum sanctum L. Lamiaceae
Bilberry Vaccinum myrtillus L. Vacciniaceae
Devil's Claw Harpagophytum procumbens DC Pedaliaceae
Elder Flowers (European Variety) Sambucus nigra L. Caprifoliaceae
Peppermint leaves Mentha piperita L. Lamiaceae
Periwinkle Vinca minor L. Apocynaceae
Lavender Lavandula augustifolia Mill. Lamiaceae
Oregano Origanum vulgare L. Lamiaceae
Thyme Thymus vulgaris L. Lamiaceae
Hawthorn Crataegus laevigata (Poir) DC Rosaceae
Cherry laurel leaves Prunus laurocerasus L. Rosaceae

   

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