• J. B. Harborne
Part of the Springer Series in Wood Science book series (SSWOO)


The flavonoid pigments, one of the most numerous and widespread groups of natural constituents, are of importance and interest not only because of their significant natural functions in the economy of the plant, but also because certain members of the group are physiologically active in humans. There is indeed considerable current interest in the effects flavonoids exert in animal systems (17). Flavonoids are found in all vascular plants and at least 4000 different structures have been reported to date (14, 15). One group of flavonoids, the anthocyanins, are intensely colored and their contributions to red and blue colors in flowers, fruits, and other plant tissues are well known. Such compounds have rarely been reported in woods. It is the other classes of flavonoid that lack intense color — namely the flavones, flavonols, flavanones, and flavanonols — that occur predominantly in woody tissues.


Methyl Ether Woody Tissue Wood Constituent Flavonoid Pattern Angiosperm Wood 
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