Reineckea profile

Written by Maggie

Feb 20 2021

Reineckea profile

Reineckea is a perennial evergreen herb, native to Mexico and Central America, in the vast areas of China that are also cultivated. Beautiful plant shape, green leaf color, is a very good family decoration of flowers.

As medicine, reineckea has the functions of moistening lungs, relieving cough and removing wind. In India, Reineckea has been regarded as sacred grass since ancient times and is indispensable in religious ceremonies.

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Reineckea characteristics

Reineckea is a perennial evergreen herbaceous flower, plant height is about 20 cm, underground rhizome creeping, root at nodes, leaves are band-lanceolate, end actinate, scape smoke in leaf cluster, flowers inside white and outside purplish red, slightly fragrant, flowering in August to September. Leaves are green, fascicular, wide linear, midvein concave, tail acuminate; Stems are creeping rhizoma, nodal root; Reineckea flowering period is from September to October, the flowers are lavender, erect, terminal spikes; Fruit is bright red, globose.

Reineckea stem thick is 2-3 mm, spread on the ground, year by year to extend or give out new branches, each section has a residual leaf sheath, the top of the leaf cluster because of the continuous growth of the stem, sometimes seems to grow in the middle of the stem, the two leaf cluster can be separated from a few centimeters to more than 10 centimeters. Reineckea leaves are 4-8 per cluster, striped to lanceolate, 10-38 cm long, 0.5-3.5 cm wide, apex acuminate, tapering downward into stalks, dark green.

Scape Reineckea 5-15 cm long; Spices are 2-6.5 cm long, upper flowers sometimes stamen only;Bracts 5-7 mm long; The flowers of Reineckea are fragrant and pink;Lobes moment orbicular, 5-7 mm long, apex obtuse, slightly fleshy; Stamens are shorter than style, filaments filiform, anthers  sub rectangular, recumbent at both ends, 2-2.5 mm long; Reineckea ovary is 3 mm long, style filiform.

Reineckea berries are 6 -- 10 mm in diameter, bright red when ripe, flowering from July to November.

Reineckea habits

Reineckea likes warm and humid environments, is cold and shade tolerant, and has low requirements for soil, strong adaptability, and is suitable for fertile loam soil with good drainage. Reineckea is mostly born on wet slopes, valleys or under dense forests, 170-3200 meters above sea level.

The geographical distribution of Reineckea

Reineckea is distributed in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Henan, Shaanxi (south of the Qinling Mountains), Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Guangdong. Reineckea was born on wet slopes, valleys or under dense forests, 170-3200 meters above sea level. 

Reineckea propagation methods

Reineckea propagation was mainly carried out by division method.

Reineckea growing methods

The Reineckea plant likes to grow in warm and humid conditions, but it can't tolerate high temperatures, so we need to spray it with water when the weather is hot to avoid undergrowth. In terms of soil, Reineckea likes loose and fertile humus soil, which is rich in nutrients, and has good drainage and air permeability, so that the plants can absorb nutrients better. More about how to grow and care for Reineckea.


Reineckea prevention and control of diseases and pests

Reineckea anthrax

It mainly harms the leaves of Reineckea. The spots are round, grayish brown, with dark brown edges. There is a yellow halo at the junction of the disease and the disease. 

Bacteria in the soil or leaf tissue wintering, conidium to spread through air or water, primary infection, disease after disease on the conidia department again to infect, the south has 2-3 times a year peaks, the north is only one peak, the degree mainly depends on rainfall, continuous rainfall, rainfall daihatsu became very ill. In southern China, the Reineckea disease overwintered outdoors and was frequently infected. In addition, from the south and north of the transport of a leaf orchid, if the way is not ventilated, humidity is too large, long hair for a long time seriously ill. 

Method of prevention and cure

Reineckea anthracnose is a shade tolerant plant, light should not be too strong, otherwise it will cause leaf yellowing or disease. Diseased leaves of Reineckea were cut off and destroyed in time to reduce the source of initial infection. Long distance storage and transportation should be sprayed 40 % Dakonin (chlorothalonil) suspension agent or 25% carbon Trane WP 500 times liquid prevention, transported to the north, into the shed for careful maintenance. Before the rainy season, spray 50% to 100 grams or apply protective power WP 1000 times liquid or 25% carbon Training WP 500 times liquid, once every 10 days, 3-4 times control. When necessary, spray 0.5% potassium dihydrogen phosphate solution or double effect micro-fertilizer 300 times liquid, which is beneficial to enhance disease resistance. 

The main value of Reineckea

Reineckea landscape value

This plant of Reineckea is short, stolon and sprouting plant, developed root system, strong growth, cover the ground quickly, suitable for the ground to be planted in pieces. Reineckea can be planted in flower beds, roadside or near buildings for leaf viewing.

Reineckea plants are beautiful in shape, green in color, cold and shade resistant, loaded into goldfish tanks or other glassware for water cultivation, and placed on the bar, tea table. Reineckea can be regarded as a delicate, elegant art, edifying sentiment, relaxing mood. 

Medicinal value of Reineckea

Reineckea has a bitter taste and a flat nature.It has the effect of moistening the lung and relieving cough, fixing kidney and bone.