Tricyclene is found in Juniper oil (Juniperus communis) and in the oil of Fir Abies balsamea. It is also found in the essential oil of various species namely, Anthemis hyaline D.C., Achillea grandiflora M.Bieb,Yallow oil from Achillea millefolium, Cordia cylindrostachya, Cordia verbenacea, Zingiber capitatum.
Tricyclene is a tricyclic terpene hydrocarbon C10H16 found in crude alpha-pinene. It is also called as cyclene, alpha Tricyclene and so on.
Attributes of Tricyclene:
Tricyclene is a colorless crystalline solid.
Antimicrobial and antioxidant activity:
According to the study titled “Chemical Composition and Bioactive Potential of Essential Oils of Rhizomes of Zingiber Capitatum Roxb”,it was stated that the major components namely, 1, 8-cineole (36.23%), Linalool (30.9%), Tricyclene (17.8%) and β-pinene (7.29%) of the essential oil of Zingiber capitatum Roxb contributed to the antimicrobial activity of essential oil. Further, these compounds are also responsible for the antioxidant activity of the oil.