PHENOLOGY OF FLOWERING IN CULTIVATED HELICONIA CHARTACEA

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  • 1 University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822-2232.

Although in florescences of H. chartacea `Sexy Pink' can be harvested year'round in Hawaii, flowering is heaviest during the summer while demand is higher during winter months. The research was directed at identifying influences affecting the timing and rate of flower development, Dissection of apices of pseudostems which began development during June-July showed reproductive development (3-6 cm) in Jan-Feb when @6 leaves had unfurled. Some pseudostems had aborted the growing point after initiation had occurred. Data from 141 flowering pseudostems over 2 years of sampling showed that approx. 46 weeks were required from shoot emergence to flowering. Seasonal variation existed for leaf number and developmental period. The paper will analyze the influence of temperature on these two components of flowering.

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