Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 134, Issue 3–4, pp 293–297 | Cite as

Application of Giemsa banding to orchid karyotype analysis

  • Trude Schwarzacher
  • Peter Ambros
  • Dieter Schweizer
Short Communication


A method for obtaining orchid chromosome squash preparations from ovular tissues and a Giemsa C-band technique are described. Jointly applied, they result in well-defined chromosome banding patterns. Preliminary tests with two species of the genusCephalanthera show that Giemsa banding is also well suited for orchids. Besides aiding in chromosome identification and karyotype analysis, it should prove valuable in studies of chromosomal variation and karyotype evolution of this large family.

Key words

Orchidaceae Cephalanthera damasonium C. longifolia C-banding heterochromatin staining karyosystematics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Trude Schwarzacher
    • 1
  • Peter Ambros
    • 1
  • Dieter Schweizer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für BotanikUniversität WienWienAustria

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