Story: Plant extracts

Rimu leaves (1st of 2)

Rimu leaves

The leaves of the rimu tree were thought to be the only natural source of the chemical laurenene. It was named after Denis Lauren, the scientist who discovered it. Subsequently the compound has been found in some tōtara species.

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Nigel Perry, 'Plant extracts - Unique plants and chemicals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2022)

Story by Nigel Perry, published 24 Sep 2007