Description. A perennial species
Recent researches. In “An analysis of the volatile oil of Lomatium suksdorfii” (1960), Frank Pettinato, Louis Fischer and Nathan Hall have shown that the volatile oil of the fruits of Lomatium suksdorfii, obtained by steam distillation, was found to consist of over 90 per cent terpene hydrocarbons among which α– and β-pinene, d-limonene, and d–β-phellandrene were identified. Isovaleric acid was identified as a component of the oil, and both acetic acid and isovaleric acid were found in the aqueous portion of the steam distillate. Beta-phellandrene is reported to exhibit antifungal and antibacterial activities as it has been demonstrated in the study of another Apiaceae “Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils Isolated from Aerial Parts of Prangos asperula Growing Wild in Lebanon”.
In 1994, Lee et al have demonstrated that the pyranocoumarin Suksdorfin, which is isolated from the fruits of Lomatium suksdorfii, was found to inhibit HIV-l replication in the T cell line H9. This coumarin is related to the anti-HIV coumarins found in the genus Peucedanum, the genus to which the Lomatium had originally been ascribed.