Phytochemical Investigation and Determination of Anti-bacterial Activities of the Leaf Extract of Chenopodium ambrosioides L.


  • Gizachew Mulugeta University of Gondar
  • Lechisa Daka Wollega University


Phytochemicals, Chenopodium ambrosioides, Anti-bacterial Activity


Chenopodium ambrosioides L. is an herbaceous shrub that belongs to the family
Chenopodiaceae. In Ethiopia, it has been used to treat different alignments, particularly to
detoxify snake bites, as anthelmintic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. This study aimed to
investigate the phytochemical constituents, determine the anti-bacterial activities and
characterize and elucidate the structure of pure isolated compounds from the leaves of C.
ambrosioides. The powdered leaves were extracted through maceration using hexane, acetone
and methanol as solvents. About 2% of the crude leave extract obtained was the methanol
extract, which indicated the leaves of C. ambrosioides contain more polar phytochemicals. The
phytochemical screening of the extracts revealed the presence of alkaloids, terpenoids,
flavonoids, tannins, saponins and phenols. The crude leave extracts of hexane, acetone and
methanol, each 100 mg/mL, were tested for the in-vitro antibacterial activity using disc diffusion
method against three pathogens- S. aureus (gram-positive), E. coli and Ps. Aeruginosa (gramnegative). The maximum antibacterial activity was exhibited in acetone crude extract against S.
aureus and E. coli with the inhibition diameter of 11 mm and 10 mm, respectively. The standard
drug Erythromycin was used as a positive control and dimethyl sulfoxide was used as negative
control. The acetone crude extract was subjected to further chromatographic separation using nhexane:ethyl acetate solvent ratio in increasing order of polarity and a pure compound was
isolated. The structure of the pure compound was elucidated using FTIR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR
and DEPT-135. Spectroscopic characterization and comparison with literature reports revealed
that the proposed structure of the compound is 8-ethoxy-2-oxo-2-chromene-3-carbaldeyde.