CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF FIXED OIL FROM THE SEEDS OF SANTALUM RUBRUM BY GC-MSAbstract
Santalum rubrum is medicinally important plant belonging to the family of Santalaceae. It has been used extensively by Ayurvedic practitioner and is also reported to contain anthraquinones and flavonoids, these constituents are well documented to possess anti-inflammatory activity. The fatty acid compositions of the petroleum ether extract of seeds of this plant were determined by Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrophotometer. 7 compounds were identified from the extract of seeds (99.97 %) and they are palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, behenic acid and lignoceric acid of methyl ester. Among all fatty acids of linoleic acid showed the highest concentration (38.44%).