Denomination: 'Flochrora'
Trade name: Flambe Orange
Botanical Name: Chrysocephalum apiculatum
Applicant/Holder: Floreta Developments Pty. Ltd.
P.O. Box 7323
Redland Bay, Queensland
Breeder: Kerry Veianne Bunker, Floreta Pty. Ltd., Redland Bay, Australia
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2006-04-13
Application Number: 06-5431
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-08-29
Certificate Number: 3279
Date rights surrendered: 2011-09-22

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Flochryel' (Flambe Yellow) and 'Desert Flame'

Summary: 'Flochrora' differs from the reference varieties mainly by plant height and width, density of foliage, flower head height and bract and disc colour. 'Flochrora' is taller and wider than the reference varieties. The foliage is less dense for 'Flochrora' than the reference varieties. 'Flochrora' has a shorter flower head height than the reference varieties. The bract colour of 'Flochrora' is a slightly darker yellow than 'Flochryel'. The disc colour after dehiscence for 'Flochrora' is more orange than the reference varieties which are a yellow orange.


PLANT: semi-upright to spreading growth habit, medium dense foliage

STEM: thin, moderately sericeous, long appressed hairs

LEAF: spatulate shape, rounded and cuspidate apex, attenuate base, medium green, medium pubescence on upper and lower sides (tomentose), absent or very weak anthocyanin on upper and lower sides

FLOWER: compound corymb inflorescence type, yellow bract before dehiscence, orange disc after dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Flochrora' is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the breeder, Dr. Kerry Veianne Bunker, in Redland Bay, Queensland, Australia. 'Flochrora' originated from a cross conducted between the proprietary seedling identified as 02-036 as the female parent and the proprietary seedling identified as 02-037 as the male parent in September 2001. This variety was selected from the progeny of the above-stated cross for criteria based on compact plant habit, flower quantity and a long flowering period. Asexual reproduction by vegetative cuttings was first conducted in January 2002 at Redland Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Tests & Trials: PBR trials were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2007 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials included 15 plants of the candidate and reference variety. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 11.5 cm pots on May 10, 2007. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 9, 2007. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Flochrora' with reference varieties 'Flochryel' and 'Desert Flame'

Plant height (cm)

  'Flochrora' 'Flochryel' 'Desert Flame'
mean 28.8 24.8 21.0
std. deviation 1.81 2.25 2.58

Plant width (cm)

  'Flochrora' 'Flochryel' 'Desert Flame'
mean 56.6 48.7 38.6
std. deviation 5.82 4.42 2.67

Flower head height (mm)

  'Flochrora' 'Flochryel' 'Desert Flame'
mean 6.3 7.4 7.5
std. deviation 0.48 0.52 0.53

Bract colour (RHS)

  'Flochrora' 'Flochryel' 'Desert Flame'
before dehiscence 9A 5A 9A

Disc colour (RHS)

  'Flochrora' 'Flochryel' 'Desert Flame'
after dehiscence 25B 14A 23A

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Chrysocephalum: 'Flochrora' (left) with reference varieties 'Desert Flame' (centre) and 'Flochryel' (right)

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Chrysocephalum: 'Flochrora' (left) with reference varieties 'Desert Flame' (centre) and 'Flochryel' (right)

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