Denomination: 'Sunbelflam'
Trade name: Million Bells Flamingo
Botanical Name: Calibrachoa
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Takeshi Kanaya, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-10-03
Application Number: 05-5073
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-08-17
Certificate Number: 2847
Date rights surrendered: 2010-08-17

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Cal Pink' (Callie Pink)

Summary: 'Sunbelflam' is a calibrachoa variety which has longer sepals and longer pedicels than the reference variety 'Cal Pink'. The two varieties differ slightly in main colour of the upper side of the corolla.


PLANT: spreading and mounding growth habit, broad to very broad width
SHOOT: medium thickness, medium length, weak anthocyanin colouration
LEAF: short to medium length, narrow width, elliptic, narrow acute apex, medium green

SEPAL: medium to long, lanceolate shape, no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single, funnelform, medium diameter, medium to long pedicel
COROLLA: weak lobing, blue pink on upper side, light blue pink on lower side, dark purple red eye zone at transition to corolla tube, red veins, main veins moderately to strongly conspicuous, secondary veins very weakly conspicuous, medium undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: medium to long, yellow on inner side, strongly conspicuous veins
ANTHER: yellow before dehiscence, yellow after dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Sunbelflam' was developed from a cross between the female parent '9P6' and the male parent '9L2' which was conducted at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan in April 2001. In September 2001, 50 seedlings were obtained and sown in pots in a greenhouse. One seedling was selected for its flower colour and growth habit in September 2002. That seedling was propagated by cuttings and observed in a trial from April to September 2003. The botanical characteristics of that plant were then examined. As a result, it was concluded that the selected Calibrachoa plant is distinguishable from any other variety. The new variety was named 'Sunbelflam'.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Sunbelflam' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2006 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 20 plants of each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 25 cm baskets on April 20, 2006. Each basket contained 3 cuttings with a total of 7 baskets per variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 4, 2006. All colour measurements were made using the RHS Colour Chart 2001.

Comparison tables for 'Sunbelflam' with reference variety 'Cal Pink'

Length of sepal (mm)

  'Sunbelflam' 'Cal Pink'
mean 15.1 12.6
std. deviation 1.10 0.97

Length of pedicel (cm)

  'Sunbelflam' 'Cal Pink'
mean 1.8 1.3
std. deviation 0.22 0.13

Main colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'Sunbelflam' 'Cal Pink'
upper side 73A fading to pinker than N74D 72D
lower side more purple than 62C 75B-D

Secondary colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'Sunbelflam' 'Cal Pink'
upper side 53A fading to 53C-D 53D

Colour of corolla tube (RHS)

  'Sunbelflam' 'Cal Pink'
inner side 9A 7A

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Calibrachoa: 'Sunbelflam' (left) with reference variety 'Cal Pink' (right)

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