Jaundice Pigment Found in Plants

White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)

White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)

The pigment bilirubin creates the yellow in a bruise or jaundiced skin, but it is also responsible for the bright orange fuzz found on the seeds of the white bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai).  According to an article published by Cary L. Pirone, Florida International University, and her colleagues, this is the first time bilirubin has been found in plants.  You can check out their article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society here.

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One Comment on “Jaundice Pigment Found in Plants”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Typical Cary brilliance. I’d expect nothing less.


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