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Carotenoids in floral parts of a narcissus, a daffodil and a tulip.
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PMID:  5637355     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
1. The qualitative and quantitative distribution of carotenoids of the floral parts of three monocotyledons, the narcissus Scarlet Elegance, the daffodil King Alfred and the tulip Golden Harvest, were studied. beta-Carotene, lutein or epoxy-beta-carotenes were usually the main pigments, depending on the floral part and on the flower. When beta-carotene was the major pigment there were only small amounts of, or sometimes no, epoxycarotenes. 2. Anthers, stigmas and styles of the three flowers did not possess any specific carotenoids but in some cases contained appreciable amounts of epoxycarotenoids. The possibility that these take part in reproduction is discussed. 3. The generalization that yellow flowers contained large amounts of xanthophylls and only traces of carotenes, whereas deep-orange flowers seemed to be characterized by the presence of large amounts of one carotene, was not always the correct one. It is suggested that the floral parts are yellow or orange depending on what carotenoids are present, which is the major one and the amount of total carotenoids, and also on the presence of other non-carotenoid pigments. 4. Two new probable isomers of 5,6:5',6'-diepoxy-beta-carotene were isolated and found together in various floral parts of the tulip Golden Harvest.
L R Valadon; R S Mummery
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Biochemical journal     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0264-6021     ISO Abbreviation:  Biochem. J.     Publication Date:  1968 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1968-04-10     Completed Date:  1968-04-10     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984726R     Medline TA:  Biochem J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  479-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Carotenoids / analysis*
Chromatography, Thin Layer
Plants / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Solvents; 36-88-4/Carotenoids

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