What Is Fasciation?
Fasciation (from Latin fasces) means “fist” or “hand”. Fasciation is a term used to refer to the formation of new plant tissues from older ones, such as stems, leaves and flowers. For example, if stem cells are taken from a leaf and placed into another leaf, they will form a new one. However, if stem cells are taken from a flower and placed into another flower, then these new flowers will not have any offspring.
The word ‘fascination’ comes from the Greek fascia which means skin or covering. Fascination refers to the phenomenon of forming new tissue out of old tissue.
A person’s fascination with something may be due to curiosity, fear, awe or even love. Fascinating things often make us think and learn more about ourselves and our world around us. Fascination is a very useful trait when it comes to plants because it allows them to adapt and grow better over time.
How Does Fasciation Work?
Plants take in nutrients from the soil through their roots and release oxygen through photosynthesis. Plants need to maintain healthy root systems so that they can continue growing. When a plant receives too much water or other substances, its root system may become damaged causing the plant to wilt or die.
However, if there is fasciation in the plant then the stem, leaves and other organs may begin to grow out of control. This growth causes the parts of the plant that may not have received water to become larger.
The process by which new plant parts are created from old ones is called fasciation.
What Are Some Common Types Of Fasciation?
The most common form of fasciation is an alteration in a plant’s growth pattern. This usually causes a decrease in the size of organs and parts that are not affected by fasciation. This means that plants with fasciation typically will have smaller flowers, leaves and stems as compared to their non-fasciated counterparts.
Many flowers, such as sunflowers, zinnias and others grow fasicaed when they are subjected to stress. This means that when a plant does not receive enough water and nutrients, the parts of the flowers that are smallest such as the petals or sepals may begin to grow out of control.
Sometimes the flower will grow in an irregular shape and different colors.
When this occurs, the flower may not produce viable seeds or may not be able to reproduce. This often occurs when the plant has experienced some type of genetic mutation.
The mutation may be caused by harsh weather conditions such as droughts or frosts. The fasciation that occurs may be caused by a single gene, a combination of genes or an external factor such as chemicals or pollutants.
Other plants including cucumbers, roses and wild peas may also grow fasicaed under stressful conditions.
How Is Fasciation Used?
Fasciation has many beneficial uses. One of the most common is in horticulture, or the cultivation of flowers and other plants. Many gardeners grow fasicaed plants because they are often more interesting than regular flowers. For instance, fasicaed sunflowers are often used for ornamental purposes.
Fasicaed flowers may also be used to create new varieties with interesting colors and patterns. This can create more interesting or unique bouquets or flower arrangements.
Some fasicaed flowers also produce more nectar than typical flowers, which are often used for producing honey.
Some farmers may choose to grow fasicaed crops as well. While some fasicaed plants may not produce as many fruits and vegetables, the ones they do produce may be of a much higher quality.
Fasicaed plants may also be used for other ornamental purposes. For example, fasicaed roses may be grown in gardens or planters and made into bouquets for decoration.
Fasicaed plants may also be grown and sold as a form of novelty to customers at flower shops, nurseries and other places where flowers are typically sold.
While fasicaed plants may not always produce fruits or vegetables, they can still be used for food as well. For example, some breeders have created new types of chili peppers that have fasicaed shapes.
These types of chili peppers may be more expensive than regular ones due to their novelty. Some fasicaed chili peppers are used for medicinal purposes as well.
Where Can I Find Fasicaed Plants?
Many nurseries and garden centers have a wide variety of fasicaed plants for you to choose from. You can also find websites that sell fasicaed plants online. Those that sell rare and unusual plants may even be able to create custom orders of fasicaed plants if they are not in stock.
Some farmers may also choose to grow fasicaed crops as well. These crops may command a higher price at your local market.
There are many advantages to growing fasicaed plants. They are often colorful and interesting.
These types of plants may also produce more nectar or higher quality fruits, vegetables or even chili peppers. You may be able to sell these plants for higher prices at your local market or online. You may also be able to grow these types of crops to sell to farmers or horticulturists.
There are many different types of fasicaed plants you can choose from depending on your needs and wants. Take your time to compare the different types of fasicaed plants available and choose the ones that best meet your needs!
Sources & references used in this article:
Flower and shoot fasciation: from phenomenology to the construction of models of apical meristem transformations by VV Choob, AA Sinyushin – Russian Journal of Plant Physiology, 2012 – Springer
Origin of fasciation by CJ Gorter – Differenzierung und Entwicklung/Differentiation and …, 1965 – Springer
Developmental characterization of the fasciated locus and mapping of Arabidopsis candidate genes involved in the control of floral meristem size and carpel number … by LS Barrero, B Cong, F Wu, SD Tanksley – Genome, 2006 – NRC Research Press