Sex expression as affected by N6-benzylaminopurine in staminate inflorescence of luffa cylindrica

Hideyuki Takahashi, Hiroshi Suge, Takashi Saito

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The effect of N6-benzylaminopurine (BA) on the sex expression of staminate inflorescences of Luffa cylindrica was investigated. Direct application of BA to the staminate inflorescence induced bisexual and pistillate flowers and finally caused the inflorescence to develop into a shoot that was similar to the main shoot. Such modification in a staminate inflorescence from the proximal to the distal nodes is usually in the order of staminate flowers, bisexual flowers, pistillate flowers and foliage leaves (shoot). Pinching of the main stem also caused the inflorescence to develop into a shoot in the absence of lateral shoots. BA-induced femaleness was strengthened when the number of leaves remaining on the plant was increased. On the other hand, application of BA to the shoot apex of the main stem starting at the 2-leaf stage suppressed differentiation of the flower bud on the main stem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-536
Number of pages12
JournalPlant and Cell Physiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1980 Jan 1


  • Benzylaminopurine
  • Luffa cylindrica
  • Sex modification
  • Staminate inflorescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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