Denomination: 'Belaro'
Botanical Name: Begonia ×hiemalis
Applicant/Holder: Koppe Royalty B.V.
Putterbrink 1
3881 LK
Breeder: Lubbertus H. Koppe, Koppe Royalty B.V., Putten, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2004-02-26
Application Number: 04-4063
Grant of Rights Date: 2005-12-07
Certificate Number: 2322
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2023-12-07

Variety Description


'Belaro' is an elatior begonia with medium height and medium to broad width. There are a few basal shoots that have many branches with medium to thick stems. The leaves are dark green in colour on the upper side and light green on the lower surface. The leaf blade is broad in width and the midrib is medium to long in length. Glossiness of the leaves on the lower surface is strong. The base of the leaf blade is closed. The apex of the leaf blade is narrow to medium in width and acute in shape. The bi-serrate incisions on the margins of the leaf blade are shallow to medium. Undulation of the margin is weak to medium. The bracts are medium to large in size, red in colour and have a round shaped apex.

'Belaro' produces an inflorescence which is medium to dense in density. The flowers are a double type with a medium to large diameter, and very few to few number of petals. The petal size changes gradually from the outer petals to the inner petals. Colour of the outer petals of the flower is red (RHS 45B) and of the inner petals red with dark pink red (margin upper side-RHS 52A, middle upper side-RHS 46C, middle lower side-RHS 52A). Incisions on the petal margins is absent. Undulation of the petal margins is present. The time of beginning of flowering for 'Belaro' is early to medium after short day treatment, while under natural long days it is medium.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Belaro' was discovered in Ermelo, The Netherlands in February 2002 as a naturally occurring whole plant mutation of Begonia x hiemalis cultivar 'Bela'. 'Belaro' was observed as a single flowering plant within a population of flowering plants of the parent cultivar 'Bela'. It was selected based on its flower colour and plant habit.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, CPVO reference number 2002/1823, application number BGE 579, grant number 13047, purchased from the CPVO, Angers, France. The trials were conducted by the Bundessortenamt in Hannover, Germany in 2003.

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