Hooray for Phil Stinard! But it is sad that there are no red blooded
plants......... Laurie Bogorad
At 03:14 PM 6/22/00 +0100, you wrote:
>My experience with purple corn plants is that after cutting back ear
>shoots, my hands are stained purple, so I imagine that when the cells
>are disrupted, the purple pigments (anthocyanins) exude. I believe
>that the anthocyanins are stored in the vacuoles, so the sap per se
>is not purple. I think you will only get the purple pigment exuding
>when cells are broken. A plant physiologist would be able to tell
>you for sure.
>>>Forwarding to the maize net, for any ideas to be offered.
>>>>-------- Original Message --------
>>Subject: Red Corn
>>Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2000 15:48:44 -0400 (EDT)
>>From: Bill <ENGELBWE at BUFFALOSTATE.EDU>
>>To: ED at TEOSINTE.AGRON.MISSOURI.EDU>>>>Ed,
>> Would you happen to know if the sap of a red maize plant might be
>>reddish in color? I'm working on an article on the Iroquois, and
>>they have a tradition of a magical corn stalk that when cut exudes blood.
>> Bill Engelbrecht
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