Flower colours and pigments in hybrid tuberose (Polianthes)

Kuang Liang Huang, Ikuo Miyajima, Hiroshi Okubo, Tsai Mu Shen, Ta Shiung Huang

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Abstract

The flower pigment constitutions of nine hybrids with pink, reddish purple, purple, orange and yellow flowers obtained from the crossings and back-crossings using Polianthes tuberosa 'Single' and 'Double' and Polianthes howardii were analysed. Among the parents and hybrids, two white flowered cultivars of P tuberosa had neither carotenoids nor anthocyanins, one hybrid had only carotenoids, four hybrids had only anthocyanins and an additional other four hybrids along with P howardii had both carotenoids and anthocyanins in their petals. The main anthocyanidin in the petals of anthocyanin containing flowers is cyanidin with which some hybrids also contained delphinidin. Inducing of the anthocyanins and carotenoids from P. howardii into P. tuberosa can contribute to the extension of the diversity of flower colours in further tuberose breeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-241
Number of pages7
JournalScientia Horticulturae
Volume88
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 4 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture

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