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Four glucosides ofp-hydroxyphenyl derivatives from birch leaves


The extractive of shirakamba (Betula platyphylla Sukatchev var.japonica Hara) leaves was investigated. Four glucosides ofp-hydroxyphenyl derivatives were isolated, and their structures were indentified as betuloside (I), 3,4′-dihydroxy-propiophenone-3-β-d-glucopyranoside (II), salidroside (III), and arbutin (IV). Arbutin was newly found in the leaves of shirakamba.


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Shen, Y., Kojima, Y. & Terazawa, M. Four glucosides ofp-hydroxyphenyl derivatives from birch leaves. J Wood Sci 45, 332–336 (1999).

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Key words

  • Phenolic glucoside
  • Leaves
  • Birch
  • Betula platyphylla Sukatchev var.japonica Hara