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The Use of Flavonoids as Taxonomic Markers

  • Bruce A. Bohm
  • Tod F. Stuessy
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Abstract

E. C. Bate-Smith, one of the great pioneers in the application of plant chemicals to taxonomic problems, once described flavonoids as "privileged compounds," (pers. comm) Flavonoids, more than any other secondary metabolite, best meet the requirements for use of chemicals in taxonomic studies: (1) structural diversity; (2) widespread occurrence; (3) stability; and (4) ease of identification (Harborne, 1967b). Let's take a closer look at each of these.

Keywords

High Performance Liquid Chromatography Numbering System Methyl Ether Taxonomic Marker Flavonoid Profile 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce A. Bohm
    • 1
  • Tod F. Stuessy
    • 2
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Higher Plant Systematics and Evolution, Botanical Garden, Institute of BotanyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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