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Carotenoid  [ Botany - Biochemistry ]
(carotene)

Dictionary of botanic terminology - index of names

     
  Carotenoid is a class of plant pigments occurring in red, orange, yellow and brown colours. The carotenoids are found in most higher plants and generate many of the colours typical of autumn foliage; floral colours that attract pollinators; and the characteristic colours of many fruits and vegetables.  
     
The carotenoids are divided into two subgroups: the carotenes and the xanthophylls.
     

 

 

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