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Lawrence Bogorad bogorad at envoy.mcb.harvard.edu
Thu Jun 22 10:10:35 EST 2000

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.
>>Ed Coe
>>-------- Original Message --------
>>Subject: Red Corn
>>Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2000 15:48:44 -0400 (EDT)
>>	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.
>>                                                  Thanks,
>>                                                  Bill Engelbrecht

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Lawrence Bogorad
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