Denomination: 'Suncalsifopi'
Trade name: Million Bells Chiffon
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: 2008-02-21
Application Number: 08-6184
Date Withdrawn: 2010-10-18

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Sunbelkos' (Million Bells Cosmos Pink) and 'Sunbel-labu' (Million Bells Lavender)

Summary: The leaves of 'Suncalsifopi' are wider than those of both reference varieties. 'Suncalsifopi' has leaves which are medium to dark green on the upper side while 'Sunbel-labu' has leaves which are light to medium green. The pedicels of 'Suncalsifopi' are shorter than those of 'Sunbelkos'. 'Suncalsifopi' has larger flowers than 'Sunbel-labu'. The flowers of 'Suncalsifopi' are funnelform while those of 'Sunbelkos' are salverform. 'Suncalsifopi' differs from both reference varieties in the colour of the upper and lower sides of the corolla. The inner side of the corolla tube of 'Suncalsifopi' has weak conspicuousness of veins while that of 'Sunbelkos' has strong conspicuousness of veins.


PLANT: upright to trailing growth habit

LEAF BLADE: elliptic shape, no variegation, medium to dark green on upper side, no blistering

SEPAL: elliptic, no anthocyanin colouration
FLOWER: single, funnelform
COROLLA: very weak to weak degree of lobing, two colours on upper side
COROLLA LOBE: upper side violet (RHS 75A) with light blue violet (RHS 76C) at transition to corolla tube and weak conspicuousness of veins, lower side light blue violet (RHS 84C), truncate apex
COROLLA TUBE: inner side yellow (RHS 8A) with weak conspicuousness of veins

Origin & Breeding History: 'Suncalsifopi' originated from a cross between the female parent 'LBS81' and the male parent 'LBS65' conducted in April 2004 at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga, Japan. The seedlings from the cross were grown in pots in the glasshouse and evaluated. In September 2005, one seedling was selected based on its growth habit, flower size and flower colour. The selected plant was propagated by cuttings and grown in pots. The trial was carried out from April to September 2006 at Higashiomi-shi, Shiga, Japan. The botanical characteristics of that plant were examined and found to be distinguishable from any other varieties. The new Calibrachoa variety was named 'Suncalsifopi'.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Suncalsifopi' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2009 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 20 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 30 cm hanging baskets on May 21, 2009. Each basket contained 4 cuttings with a total of 5 baskets per variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 8, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Suncalsifopi' with reference varieties 'Sunbelkos' and 'Sunbel-labu'

Leaf width (cm)

  'Suncalsifopi' 'Sunbelkos' 'Sunbel-labu'
mean 1.4 0.9 1.2
std. deviation 0.07 0.08 0.13

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Suncalsifopi' 'Sunbelkos' 'Sunbel-labu'
mean 1.0 1.9 0.9
std. deviation 0.12 1.3 1.0

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Suncalsifopi' 'Sunbelkos' 'Sunbel-labu'
mean 3.2 3.0 2.6
std. deviation 0.22 0.19 0.13

Colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'Suncalsifopi' 'Sunbelkos' 'Sunbel-labu'
main - upper side 75A 68B with 68A secondary veins 76A, 85B
secondary - upper side 76B 45B N82B-C
main - lower side 84C 62B 76C

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Calibrachoa: 'Suncalsifopi' (left) with reference varieties 'Sunbelkos' (centre) and 'Sunbel-labu' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'Suncalsifopi' (left) with reference varieties 'Sunbelkos' (centre) and 'Sunbel-labu' (right)

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