The florachromes: their chemical nature and spectroscopic behaviour

Raman, C. V. (1970) The florachromes: their chemical nature and spectroscopic behaviour Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Section A, 72 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0370-0089

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This memoir presents detailed studies of the two florachromes discovered by the author and shown by him to be responsible for the colours exhibited by a great many flowers, the two florachromes being present in the petals either separately or together as the case may be. Their characteristic absorption spectra have been photographed and reproduced and also represented as spectrophotometric records of their aqueous solutions and of the acetone extracts of the floral pigments. In appropriate circumstances, the florachromes in solution are found to be quite stable and continue to exhibit their characteristic spectroscopic behaviours permanently. The interesting discovery is recorded that Florachrome B is present as the colouring matter of the fleshy leaves of the shrub Setcreasia purpurea and can be readily obtained therefrom. The relation between the structure of the florachromes and of the well-known organic compound flavone which is itself a colourless solid is discussed and an explanation is given why there are two florachromes with distinct spectroscopic behaviours.

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