Some New Anthocyanin Types


A WIDE survey of anthocyanins occurring in the angiosperms (and a few gymnosperms) has revealed the overwhelming predominance of pigments based on pelargonidin, cyanidin and delphinidin and methyl ethers of the last two. The only exceptional cases are the nitrogenous anthocyanins, typified by the beet colouring matter, gesnerin from flowers of Gesnera fulgens, which is the sole representative of the flavylium class related to flavones rather than to flavonols, and certain yellow pigments such as those of Papaver nudicaule and Gelosia cristata aurea.

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PRICE, J., STURGESS, V., ROBINSON, R. et al. Some New Anthocyanin Types. Nature 142, 356 (1938).

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