Chemical composition of the essential oils from the flower, leaf and stem of Lonicera japonica

Nat Prod Commun. 2012 May;7(5):641-4.


The essential oils from different aerial parts of Lonicera japonica have been extracted by hydro-distillation and analyzed by gas chromatography and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. Quantitative and qualitative differences were found between the analyzed plant parts. A total of eighty-nine compounds were identified. The main constituents were (Z,Z)-farnesole (16.2%) and linalool (11.0%) for the flowers fraction, hexadecanoic acid (16.0%) and linalool (8.7%) for the leaves fraction, and hexadecanoic acid (31.4%) for the stems. Monoterpene hydrocarbons were absent from all the oils, and oxygenated sesquiterpenes were not identified in the essential oil of the stem.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Flowers / chemistry
  • Lonicera / chemistry*
  • Oils, Volatile / analysis*
  • Plant Leaves / chemistry
  • Plant Stems / chemistry


  • Oils, Volatile