Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus, Vol 78, No 1 (2013)

Chemistry and biological activities of essential oils from Melaleuca L. species

Luiz Claudio Almeida BARBOSA, Cleber José SILVA, Róbson Ricardo TEIXEIRA, Renata Maria Strozi Alves MEIRA, Antônio Lelis PINHEIRO

Pages: 11-23


Essential oils from species Melaleuca genus, especially M. alternifolia (Maiden & Betche) Cheel, have been widely used worldwide in various industries. This review is a contribution to Melaleuca knowledge and describes five important essential oil-producing species and two subspecies of Melaleuca in terms of their essential oil chemical composition, medicinal applications, and leaf morphoanatomy. Some relationships between essential oil composition of these species and important biological activities are presented. Useful parameters for the certification of the essential oils are also highlighted.


Melaleuca; Myrtaceae; volatile oils; biological activities; leaf morphoanatomy

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