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PHYTOMELAN:

The carbonaceous, opaque material that usually covers the seed coat (testa) of daylily seeds, generally giving them a black appearance. This black layer is typical of most plants in the Asparagales group of monocotyledons.

phytomelan
Daylily Seed Photo by Michael Brown,used with permission.


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