Coniferyl alcohol

Coniferyl alcohol
CAS number 458-35-5 YesY
PubChem 1549095
ChemSpider 1266063 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:17745 YesY
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Molecular formula C10H12O3
Molar mass 180.2 g mol−1
Melting point

74 °C

Boiling point

163-165 °C

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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Coniferyl alcohol is an organic compound. This colourless crystalline solid is a phytochemical, one of the monolignols. It is synthethized via the phenylpropanoid biochemical pathway. When copolymerized with related aromatic compounds, coniferyl alcohol forms lignin or lignans.[1] Coniferin is a glucoside of coniferyl alcohol.

Coniferyl alcohol is an intermediate in biosynthesis of eugenol and of stilbenoids and coumarin. Gum benzoin contains significant amount of coniferyl alcohol and its esters.

It is found in both gymnosperm and angiosperm plants. Sinapyl alcohol and paracoumaryl alcohol, the other two lignin monomers, are found in angiosperm plants and grasses.

It is a queen retinue pheromone (QRP), a type of honey bee pheromone found in the mandibular glands.[2]


  1. ^ Kenji liyama, Thi Bach-Tuyet Lam, and Bruce A. Stone (1994). "Covalent Cross-Links in the Cell Wall". Plant Physiology 104 (2): 315–320. PMC 159201. PMID 12232082. 
  2. ^ Keeling, C. I., Slessor, K. N., Higo, H. A. and Winston, M. L. (2003) Isolation and identification of new components of the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) queen retinue pheromone. PNAS, April 15, 2003 vol. 100 no. 8 4486-4491, doi:10.1073/pnas.0836984100

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