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A phytochemical investigation on the various parts of Gardenia erubescens Stapf & Hutch. (Rubiaccae), used in traditional medicine in Northen Nigeria resulted in the isolation of D-Mannitol as the principal chemical constiutent of the plant. The leaves, stem bark, roots. stern wood and fruits of the plant were found to contain 5.0%, 3.4%, 1.8%, 0.45%, and 0.25% of D-Mannilol respectively. The possibility of the use of G. erubescens as a potential source for commercial production of mannitol has been discussed.
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