Distribution pattern of anthocyanins in the polygonaceae

  • Kunijiro Yoshitama
  • Masahiko Hisada
  • Nariyuki Ishikura


A survey of anthocyanins in the flowers and other organs of thirty-three species of three genera belonging to the Polygonaceae has been carried out. There are thirteen anthocyans. Cyanidin glycosides, especially the 3-glycoside (chrysanthemin), are present most commonly and peonidin glycosides including the arabinosylglucoside are found with low frequency. The distribution of malvidin 3,5-diglucoside (malvin) is confined to the species belonging to the sectionEchinocaulon of the genusPolygonum. It is noted that cyanidin itself occurs in the stems ofPolygonum perfoliatum andP. senticosum.

Key words

Anthocyanins Distribution pattern Polygonaceae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kunijiro Yoshitama
    • 1
  • Masahiko Hisada
    • 1
  • Nariyuki Ishikura
    • 2
  1. 1.Biological Institute, Faculty of ScienceShinshu UniversityMatsumoto
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceKumamoto UniversityKumamoto

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