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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 24

Title:
TISSUE CULTURE PROPAGATION OF AECHMEA FASCIATA BAKER AND OTHER BROMELIADS1

Author:
Jeanne B. Jones and Toshio Murashige

pp: 117-126

Abstract:
The Bromeliaceae is composed of largely tropical American genera, many of which are herbaceous epiphytes. It includes the pineapple and some commercially important ornamentals. One flowering ornamental, Aechmea fasciata Baker, known in the trade as Aechmea, has been popular as a house plant for many years (Fig. 1). In standard practice Aechmea is propagated through seed. This procedure yields plants that are quite variable and a significant proportion may be of unsalable quality. There have been other problems associated with seed propagation, such as a limited supply, seasonal availability, and poor germination. Vegetative propagation of Aechmea can be accomplished by division or suckers, as is done with pineapple, but this method is too slow to be practical. We now describe a tissue culture method of rapid clonal multiplication. The method appears applicable also to some other bromeliads. However, it should be used cautiously, in as-much as sometimes there is difficulty in

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