Epiphyllum oxypetalum plant is very unique plant which belongs to family cactaceae and very scanty research work has been reported. In India it is commonly known as Bramhakamal and is treated as a sacred plant but it is found to have many medicinal values. The GC-MS analysis of alcohol extract of Epiphyllum oxypetalum leaves dissolved in ethanol revealed the presence of some compounds. The compounds include: ethanone, 1-(2-hydroxy-5-methylphenyl)-; 4-Hydroxy-2-methylacetophenone; Megastigmatrienone; Cycloocta-1,3,6-triene,2,3,5,5,8,8,-hexamethyl; 4-((1E)-3-Hydroxy-1-propenyl)-2-methoxyphenol; 2,5-Dihydroxy-4-isopropyl-2,4,6-cycloheptatrien-1-one; n-Hexadecanoic acid; Octadecanoic acid; Phytol; 6-octen-1-ol,3,7-dimethyl; Stigmasterol; Cholesta-22,24-dien-5-ol,4,4-dimethyl; 22-stigmasten-3-one. The GC-MS analysis of alcohol extract dissolved in mixture of solvents revealed few other compounds. These compounds include: Allyldimethyl(prop-1-ynyl)silane; Sulfurous acid, cyclohexylmethyl hexyl ester; Heptacosane; Nonadecane, 2-methyl-; Hexadecane, 2,6,10,14-tetramethyl-; Octadecane, 2-methyl-; Eicosane, 2-methyl-; Spinasterone; 4,22-Stigmastadiene-3-one; Tetracosane; Hentriacontane; Stigmast-4-en-3-one; Testosterone cypionate. Majority of the phytoconstituent present in both the extracts were found to be steroids. From the results it could be concluded that the Epiphyllum oxypetalum leaves contain various bioactive compounds which have various medicinal properties.
Dandekar R, Fegade B, Bhaskar VH. GC-MS analysis of phytoconstituents in alcohol extract of Epiphyllum oxypetalum leaves. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2015;4(1):148-154.