If you have just been on your half term holiday – welcome back!
I have decided to dedicate the next few blog posting to molecules with unusual names.
First up, is moronic acid.Moronhic acid has the unbelievably complicated IUPAC name:
4aS,6aR,6aS,6bR,8aS,12aS,14aS)- 2,2,6a,6b,9,9,12a-heptamethyl- 10-oxo-4,5,6,6a,7,8,8a,11,12, 13,14,14a-dodecahydro-3H- picene-4a-carboxylic acid (!)
It is extracted from the Chinese sumac or nutgall tree, Rhus chinensis.The plant is traditionally believed to hold medicinal appplications.One of its derivatives has been shown to be a particularly potent with HIV and the herpes simplex virus.