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Kamatou, G.P.P, Viljoen, A.M., Özek, T., Başer, K.H.C. 2010. Chemical composition of the wood and leaf oils from the “Clanwilliam Cedar” (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis J.A. Marsh): a critically endangered species. South African Journal of Botany 76: 652-654.

Widdringtonia is the only genus of the 16 genera of Cupressaceae present in South Africa.  This genus is represented by three species in South Africa; W. nodiflora, W. schwarzii and W. cedarbergensis (= W. juniperoides) and the latter listed as critically endangered. Cedarwood oil (generally obtained from Juniperus species) is widely used as a fragrance material in several consumer products, however, no data has been published on the volatiles of the Clanwilliam cedar (W. cedarbergensis) native to South Africa. The essential oil composition of the wood and leaf oil isolated by hydro-distillation were analysed by GC-MS. The two oils were distinctly different. Twenty compounds representing 93.8% of the total oil were identified in the leaf oil which was dominated by terpinen-4-ol (36.0%), sabinene (19.2%), γ-terpinene (10.4%) α-terpinene (5.5%) and myrcene (5.5%). Twenty six compounds representing 89.5% of the total were identified in the wood oil with the predominance of thujopsene (47.1%), α-cedrol (10.7%), widdrol (8.5%) and cuparene (4.0%). 

Widdringtonia cedarbergensis | Cupressaceae | Clanwilliam Cypress | botanical - Driehoek, Clanwilliam, South Western Cape, South Africa [2009 ©]