Beman Orange


Denomination: 'Beman Orange'
Trade name: Solenia Orange
Botanical Name: Begonia ×hiemalis
Applicant/Holder: Benary Samenzucht GmbH
Petersweg 72
Breeder: Konrad Wagner, Münden, Germany
Agent in Canada: Norseco Inc.
2914, boulevard Curé-Labelle
Laval, Quebec
H7P 5R9
Tel: 514-332-2275
Application Date: 1999-12-20
Application Number: 99-2016
Grant of Rights Date: 2001-08-13
Certificate Number: 1009
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2019-08-13

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Rieger Orange'

Summary: 'Beman Orange' is an orange red double elatior begonia. The plant, leaves and flowers are larger than those of the reference variety, 'Rieger Orange'. In addition, 'Beman Orange' is primarily an outdoor type begonia whereas 'Rieger Orange' is used primarily indoors.


'Beman Orange' is an elatior begonia with leaves which are dark green on the upper side with weak to medium glossiness on the underside. The leaf blade has an open base and an acute, narrow apex. The bi-serrate incisions of the leaf blade margin are shallow. Undulation of the margin is weak. Bracts are small, green and red with a rounded apex.

The double flowers of 'Beman Orange' are medium in density with an abrupt change in petal size. There are no petal incisions or undulation.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Beman Orange' was the result of a cross between Begonia tuberhybrida (female parent) x Begonia socotrana (male parent). The cross was made in 1994 at Benary Seeds, Hann. Münden, Germany.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Beman Orange' were conducted in August, 2000 at Boisbriand, Quebec. The trials consisted of 10 plants per variety, grown indoors in 20 cm pots. Measured characteristics were based on ten measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Beman Orange' with reference variety 'Rieger Orange'

Plant height (cm)

  'Beman Orange' 'Rieger Orange'
mean 27.1 20.4
range 21.5-30 17-23.2

Length of leaf midrib (cm)

  'Beman Orange' 'Rieger Orange'
mean 9.5 7.4
range 7.6-11.1 6.0-10.5

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Beman Orange' 'Rieger Orange'
mean 9.4 8.3
range 8-11.6 6.1-12.0

Flower diameter (mm)

  'Beman Orange' 'Rieger Orange'
mean 70 32.7
range 52-101 27-42

Number of petals

  'Beman Orange' 'Rieger Orange'
mean 20.7 19.3
range 17-22 16-23

Colour of outer petal (RHS)

  'Beman Orange' 'Rieger Orange'
upper side-margin 34A 29C
upper side-middle 35B 29A
lower side-middle 39B 26D

Colour of inner petal (RHS)

  'Beman Orange' 'Rieger Orange'
upper side-margin 41A 40D
upper side-middle 41A 40D
lower side-middle 48A 41D
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