J Syst Evol ›› 1992, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (3): 226-238.

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Chemotaxonomic Study of Rhododendron

Hu Mei, Xiao Pei-Gen   

  • Published:1992-05-18

Abstract: Analysis of 16 flavonoids and 3 other phenols in 177 samples of the genus Rhododendron was carried out by HPTLC silica gel plate-stepwise development and polyamide thin layer. The result reveals that the presence of monoglycosides of quercetin is a general character of flavonoids in the Chinese rhododendrons; some taxa are characterized by presence or absence of certain glycosides; although myricetin, and gossypetin are generally rare in this genus, they are concentrated in some taxa, and therefore they are valuable in chemotaxonomy. The significance of quantitative and semi-quantitative assessment of chem-ical characters for chemotaxonomy of Rhododendron is also discussed.

Key words: Rhododendron L, Flavonoids, Flavonol glycosides, Chemotaxonomy, Quantitative analysis