the two shoots shown to the right, only the one with the heavily
spotted leaves developed an inflorescence. If, on the other hand,
an inflorescense is lost, the spots typically fade away over a
period of a week or two.
The spots are known to consist of anthocyanins (i.e. glucosides),
which yield glucose on hydrolysis.
Therefore, could one major function of the spots be to act as
a kind of energy-reserve to ensure the development of seeds?
21 April 2000