A novel linear dihydrodichromene derivative, metacalypogin, was identified from the Taiwanese liverwort Metacalypogeia alternifolia. Together with data from M. cordifolia, the chemical marker of the genus Metacalypogeia is obvious chroman derivatives, which is far different from that of Calypogeia, the other genus in the same family. In addition, two isomeric diterpenoids of cembrane-type were identified from the Chinese liverwort Chandonanthus hirtellus. The relative stereostructures of the latter two isomers were proved by X-ray crystallography. Both compounds were unstable in chloroform solution and further oxidized to the corresponding peroxy hemiacetal derivatives.
Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society=中國化學會會誌 49(4), pp.593-598