Asymbiotic seed germination and in vitro seedling development of Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw.: a multipurpose orchid

  • Chitta Ranjan DebEmail author
  • Aolemla Pongener
Original Article


Cymbidium aloifolium is a multipurpose economically important epiphytic orchid grows on tree trunk in the primary forests. Its population in natural habitat is downsized due to different anthropogenic activities. A successful attempt was made for asymbiotic immature embryo culture and in vitro mass scale production of plantlets. For successful culture initiation seed pods of various developmental ages, various nutrient media, sucrose concentrations, different quality and quantity of plant growth regulators were surveyed. Immature embryos of 9 months after pollination was successfully germinated on MS medium containing sucrose (2%) (w/v) and α-naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) and benzyl adenine (BA) (3 and 6 μM respectively in combination) within 45 days of culture where 90% germination was recorded. The germinated seeds formed PLBs on the optimum germination medium within two passages. The protocorm like bodies (PLBs) differentiated into rooted plantlets within 3 weeks on regeneration medium containing sucrose (3%), casein-hydrolysate (0.1 gl−1) and BA 3 μM. Amongst the three media studied, optimum regeneration was registered on MS medium where as many as 12 shoot buds developed per explants per subculture of 4 weeks duration. The well rooted plantlets of 6–7 cm long with 3–4 roots were hardened in vitro 3–4 weeks before they were transferred to potting mix. The potted plants were exposed to full sunlight periodically and watered at regular interval. About 70–80% transplants survived after 2 months of potting.


Asymbiotic seed germination Cymbidium aloifolium Immature embryo culture Medicinal orchid Micropropagation 



Benzyl adenine


Casein hydrolysate


Indole 3 acetic acid




Months after pollination


Muraghige and Skoog


α-naphthalene acetic acid


Plant growth regulators


Protocorm like bodies




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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BotanyNagaland UniversityLumamiIndia

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