Kōrero: Plant extracts

Laurenene (2 o 2)

Laurenene

Laurenene is a compound with a unique chemical structure: four rings sharing a central carbon atom. Similar structures have been synthesised, but laurenene is the only known naturally occurring compound with this chemical structure. It is called a fenestrane (from the Latin word for window), as it resembles a window with four panes.

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Nigel Perry, 'Plant extracts - Unique plants and chemicals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/diagram/14462/laurenene (accessed 18 September 2019)

Story by Nigel Perry, published 24 Sep 2007