NATURAL PRODUCT LETTERS, vol.15, no.5, pp.307-314, 2001 (SCI-Expanded)
From the roots of Saliva caespitosa Montbret and Aucher ex. Bentham a new diterpene 6beta-hydroxyisopimaric acid (1) has been isolated together with four known diterpenes, one new triterpenoid, 3-acetylvergatic acid (2), as well as five known triterpenoids, two steroids and a flavone. The structures of the compounds were established by spectroscopic analyses. The isolated compounds were tested against standard bacterial strains. Only the new diterpene, 6beta-hydroxyisopimaric acid has strong activity (MIC 9 mug/ml) against S. aureus and (MIC 18 mug/ml) against S. epidermidis as well as against B. subtilis (MIC 9 mug/ml).