USCALI67

Calibrachoa

Denomination: 'USCALI67'
Trade name: Superbells Light Pink
Botanical Name: Calibrachoa
Applicant/Holder: Plant 21 LLC
32149 Aquaduct Road
Bonsall, California
92003
United States of America
Breeder: Ushio Sakazaki, Shiga, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Canada
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2004-03-26
Application Number: 04-4146
Grant of Rights Date: 2006-12-18
Certificate Number: 2653
Date rights surrendered: 2009-12-16

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sunbel-labu' (Million Bells Lavender)

Summary: 'USCALI67' has longer leaves and larger corolla diameter than 'Sunbel-labu'. The degree of lobing of the corolla is moderate for 'USCALI67' while it is very weak for 'Sunbel-labu'. The upper side of the corolla for 'USCALI67' is lighter blue violet with purple to blue pink secondary colour in the area of transition to the corolla tube and along the veins while for 'Sunbel-labu', it is light blue violet with violet secondary colour in the area of transition to the corolla tube.

Description:

'USCAL67' is a Calibrachoa variety with semi-mounding plant growth habit. The shoots are thin and have absent to weak anthocyanin colouration. The shape of the leaf blade ranges from elliptic to obovate with an obtuse apex. The upper side of the leaf blade is medium green and there is no variegation.

The flowers produced by 'USCALI67' are single type and funnel form. The sepals are lanceolate in shape and anthocyanin colouration is present. The degree of lobing of the corolla is moderate. The flowers are light blue violet with purple to blue pink secondary colour in the area of transition to the corolla tube and along the veins. The colour at the base of the corolla changes to blue violet inside the corolla tube. The veins on the lobes of the corolla are purple and moderately conspicuous. The lobes of the corolla have an emarginate apex and moderate undulation of the margin. The inner side of the corolla tube is light yellow. Conspicuousness of the veins within the corolla tube is weak to moderate. The anthers are yellow.

Origin & Breeding History: 'USCALI67' is the product of a planned breeding program developed by the breeder, Ushio Sakazaki, in Hikone, Shiga, Japan. The objectives of this program were to create new, semi-upright Calibrachoa varieties with stronger disease resistance and superior summer performance. 'USCALI67' originated from a controlled cross conducted on April 12, 2000 between the female parent, a seedling selection with pink flowers designated 'C501' and the male parent, a seedling selection with white flowers designated 'C4601'. The seed from the cross were sown in Gensingen, Germany on February 2, 2001. 'USCALI67' was selected from the resulting progeny on June 24, 2001 based on its growth habit, superior summer performance, large flowers and resistance to the soil fungus Thielaviopsis.

Tests & Trials: The test and trial for 'USCALI67' was conducted in a polyhouse at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario during the fall of 2005. The trial included 15 plants of each variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 4.5 inch pots on August 19, 2005. All colour characteristics were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart and measured characteristics were based on ten measurements.


Comparison tables for 'USCALI67' with reference variety 'Sunbel-labu'

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'USCALI67' 'Sunbel-labu'
mean 3.3 2.4
std. deviation 0.29 0.21

Corolla diameter (mm)

  'USCALI67' 'Sunbel-labu'
mean 38.0 28.0
std. deviation 1.65 1.29

Colour of the corolla (RHS)

  'USCALI67' 'Sunbel-labu'
primary - inner side 84C 76A-B
secondary - inner side N74B-C at base and along main vein changing to N88C-D inside corolla tube N82B-C at base
outer side 76C 76B

Colour of the corolla tube (RHS)

  'USCALI67' 'Sunbel-labu'
inner side 10A-B 11A

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USCALI67
Calibrachoa: 'USCALI67' (left) with reference variety 'Sunbel-labu' (right)