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Sesquiterpene lactone

Sesquiterpene lactones are a class of chemical found in many plants that can cause allergic reactions. Some plants containing these compounds are:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Pyrethrum
  • Ragweed
  • Sneezeweed
  • Sagebrush
  • Wormwood
  • Mugwort
  • Boneset
  • Poverty weed
  • Marsh elder
  • Cockebur
  • Burdock
  • Chamomile
  • Artichoke
  • Gailladrin
  • Parthenium
  • Sunflower
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach

Artemesinin, a new, highly-effective anti-malarial compound, is a sesquiterpene lactone found in Chinese wormwood. Lactucin, desoxylactucin, lactucopicrin, lactucin-15-oxalaat, lactucopicrin-15-oxalaat are some of the most prominent and well determinable sesquiterpene lactones found e.g. in lettuce and spinach, giving most of the bitter taste in these crops.

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