Denomination: 'Nemhawit'
Botanical Name: Nemesia
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Seeds B.V.
P.O. Box 2
1600 AA
Breeder: Har Stemkens, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-05-13
Application Number: 05-4904
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-06-08
Certificate Number: 2781
Date rights surrendered: 2008-05-29

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Balarwite' (Aromatica White) and 'Tiktoc' (Compact Innocence)

Summary: 'Nemhawit' has longer, wider leaves than the reference variety 'Tiktoc' and wider leaves than 'Balarwite'. 'Nemhawit' also has thicker stems than both reference varieties. The leaves of 'Nemhawit' are ovate in shape, whereas the two reference varieties have lanceolate leaves. 'Nemhawit' has a longer spur and lighter yellow coloured palate than 'Balarwite' and 'Tiktoc'.


PLANT: erect to semi-erect growth habit, medium density, medium number of branches, moderately thick stems

LEAF: medium to long, broad to very broad, dentate margin, ovate, medium green, no anthocyanin colouration, petiole present

CALYX: dense pubescence on inner side
COROLLA SPUR: present, slightly curved, medium length, equal in length to lower lobe
COROLLA: short, narrow to medium width, no change in colour as flower ages, white on lower side
UPPER LIP OF COROLLA: uniform colour distribution, white, no markings and no spot at base
CENTRAL LOBES OF UPPER LIP OF COROLLA: no undulation of margin, no reflexing, very short to short, narrow
LOWER LIP OF COROLLA: very short to short, very narrow to narrow, white, weak undulation of margin, medium reflexing
PALATE: yellow orange, very small size

Origin & Breeding History: 'Nemhawit' was developed by the breeder, an employee of Syngenta Seeds B.V. in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. The variety originated from a controlled cross made in August 1999 in Enkhuizen, between the female parent 'A233-1' and the male parent 'A71-2'. A plant was selected from the progeny in May 2000. The selected plant was selfed for two generations (2000, 2001). The new variety was selected in May 2002 based on criteria for early flowering, flower shape and colour. Asexual reproduction of the new variety by vegetative cuttings was first conducted in June 2002.

Tests & Trials: The tests and trials for 'Nemhawit' were conducted in a greenhouse at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario during the spring of 2006. The trial included 15 plants of each variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots on March 31, 2006. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants per variety on May 9, 2006. All colour characteristics were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Nemhawit' with reference varieties 'Balarwite' and 'Tiktoc'

Length of leaf (mm)

  'Nemhawit' 'Balarwite' 'Tiktoc'
mean 39.3 35.8 25.3
std. deviation 4.90 3.19 3.37

Width of leaf (mm)

  'Nemhawit' 'Balarwite' 'Tiktoc'
mean 18.7 10.8 9.3
std. deviation 2.83 1.14 1.25

Length of spur (mm)

  'Nemhawit' 'Balarwite' 'Tiktoc'
mean 8.5 7.5 6.7
std. deviation 0.53 0.69 0.48

Main colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Nemhawit' 'Balarwite' 'Tiktoc'
upper lip 155D 155D 155D
lower lip 155D 155D 155D
lower side white white white

Colour of palate (RHS)

  'Nemhawit' 'Balarwite' 'Tiktoc'
main 13B 14A 9A

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Nemesia: 'Nemhawit' (left) with reference varieties 'Balarwite' (center) and 'Tiktoc' (right)

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Nemesia: 'Nemhawit' (left) with reference varieties 'Balarwite' (center) and 'Tiktoc' (right)

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