Sandersonia aurantiaca Hook. (Christmas Bells): Micropropagation and in Vitro Production of Colchicine

  • J. F. Finnie
  • J. van Staden
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 37)


Sandersonia aurantiaca Hook., also known as Christmas bells or the Chinese lantern lily, is a monotypic species (related to Gloriosa) which is endemic to southern Africa. The delicate, long-lasting flowers have a vase life of 2 to 3 weeks. The plant is currently enjoying an uprecedented demand worldwide and has potential as a high income earner for fresh cut flower growers (Warren 1993). Dahlgren et al. (1985) classify Sandersonia in the family Colchicaceae Tribus Iphegenieae (Fig. 1). Sandersonia was described by W.I. Hooker in Curtis’ Botanical Magazine in 1853, the plants that were described having been collected by John Sanderson, and thus Hooker named Sandersonia in his honour (Batten 1986). The name aurantiaca is from the Latin meaning yellow and scarlet.


Vase Life Immature Ovule Dimethyl Silicone Monotypic Species Stern Length 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. F. Finnie
  • J. van Staden
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  1. 1.NU Research Unit for Plant Growth and DevelopmentUniversity of NatalPietermaritzburgRepublic of South Africa

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