An Investigation of Alkaloidal Substances in Amyris Elemifera

William Koster, Colby College


According to Chemical Abstracts, the alkaloid content of Amyris elemifera has not been studied. An alcoholic extract of this plant was made and an acidified aqueous solution was purified with ether and chloroform. This aqueous extract was fractionated on an ion exchange column and the spectra of the eluates were investigated. From the spectra it appears that pteridine and purine structures are indicated for the alkaloids.