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Mohammad Jameel, Abuzer Ali, Mohammed Ali*
Phytochemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi-110062, India.

Volume 3, Issue 1, Page 50-54, January-April 2015.

Article history
Received: 20 March 2015
Revised: 10 April 2015
Accepted: 16 April 2015
Early view: 20 April 2015

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Lens culinaris Medik (Leguminosae) is an annual, bushy medicinal herb. It is primarily cultivated in south-eastern Asia for making food items. Its flours are used for making culinary dishes in the Asian subcontinent, Middle East, Europe and North America. Phytochemical investigation of the methanolic extract of the seeds of the plant led to isolation of four new secondary metabolites, namely cis-n-docos-15-enoic acid (1), n-dodecanoyl-O-ß-D-glucuranopyranoside (2), n-tetradecanoyl-O-ß-D–arabinopyranoside (3) and n-eicosanoyl-O-ß-D–arabinopyranoside (4). The structures of these phytoconstituents have been established on the basis of spectral data analysis and chemical means.
Keywords: Lens culinaris, seeds, methanolic extract, Isolation.