Heterocentron roseum: In Vitro Culture and the Production of Ellagitannins

  • K. Yazaki
  • T. Okuda
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 33)


Most of the plants belonging to the Melastomataceae are widely distributed in tropical and subtropical countries, such as Southeast Asia, South America, and the southern part of China. One of the genera, Heterocentron, contains about 27 species, which are herbs or shrubs, native to Mexico and Central America. Their leaves are generally small, entire, 3–15-nerved, and petioled. Flowers are solitary or in panicles, small, and colored rose, purple, or white. They have 8 stamens and are dimorphic. Fruits consist of four-valved caps (Bailey and Bailey 1976).


Somatic Embryo Callus Culture Callus Tissue Tannin Content Hydrolyzable Tannin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Yazaki
    • 1
  • T. Okuda
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesKyoto UniversityYoshida, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606Japan
  2. 2.Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesOkayama UniversityTsushima, Okayama 700Japan

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