Hypoxis spp.: Micropropagation and In Vitro Production of Hypoxoside

  • J. van Staden
  • A. D. Bayley
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 4)


Species of the genus Hypoxis L. are used for herbal remedies throughout the world. In Asia use is made of H. aurea (Lewis and Elvin-Lewis 1977), while in the West Indies H. decumbens and H. scuronera are collected for curing tumors of the testicles (Hartwell 1967). Utilization of this genus is, however, most frequent on the African continent, where species such as H. rooperi are extensively employed in folk medicine (Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk 1962). The merit of these folk medicines has been recognized by the scientific, medical, and commercial communities. This has resulted in attempts to isolate the medicinally active agents, to determine their range of application, to propagate the plants, and to produce the required chemicals by suspension culture.


Pollen Tube Rosmarinic Acid Soybean Callus Skoog Basal Medium African Medicinal Plant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. van Staden
    • 1
  • A. D. Bayley
    • 1
  1. 1.UN/CSIR Research Unit for Plant Growth and Development, Department of BotanyUniversity of NatalPietermaritzburgRepublic of South Africa

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