Evidence of formation of glushinskite as a biomineral in a Cactaceae species

Paula V. Monje, Enrique J. Baran

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The X-ray diffractometric and infrared spectroscopic investigation of crystalline material isolated from the Cactaceae species Opuntia ellisiana shows the presence of a very complex mineral composition, including whewellite (monohydrated calcium oxalate), opal (SiO2), calcite (CaCO 3) and glushinskite (dihydrated magnesium oxalate). This is the first report of the presence of magnesium oxalate in plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-614
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2005

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Funding Information:
The authors are indebted to Dr. D. Eppele (Bisbee, Arizona) for providing the botanical material. This work has been supported by CONICET and ANPCyT (PICT 06-06148). E.J.B. is a member of the Research Career from CONICET.


  • Biominerals
  • Cactaceae
  • Glushinskite
  • IR spectra
  • Opuntia ellisiana
  • X-ray diffractometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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