Denomination: 'Oslipu'
Trade name: Jamboana Lilliput Purple
Botanical Name: Osteospermum ecklonis
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Ánna M.W.P. Houbraken, 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: 2005-04-22
Application Number: 05-4773
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-06-08
Certificate Number: 2782
Date rights surrendered: 2014-06-08

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Osoutis' (Soprano Purple) and 'Wildside'

Summary: Plants of 'Oslipu' are shorter and have shorter leaves than those of 'Osoutis' and 'Wildside'. The leaves of 'Oslipu' are elliptic in shape whereas those of 'Wildside' are spatulate. The ray florets of 'Oslipu' are narrower than those of 'Wildside'. The ray florets of 'Oslipu' are concave to horizontal in attitude, whereas those of 'Wildside' are horizontal to convex. The main colour on the upper side of the ray florets of 'Oslipu' is purple, whereas it is violet for 'Osoutis'. The main colour on the lower side of the ray florets of 'Oslipu' is purple, whereas it is brown purple in 'Osoutis' and purple with black in 'Wildside'. The disc of 'Oslipu' is dark purple before dehiscence, whereas it is dark blue for 'Osoutis' and purple for 'Wildside'.


PLANT: erect shoots with very weak to absent anthocyanin

LEAF: elliptic in shape, weak degree of lobing, no variegation, medium green in colour on the upper side

FLOWER: begins very early, one or two complete ray floret whorls, presence of incomplete ray floret whorls, with dense pubescence on the calyx
RAY FLORET: oblanceolate in shape, with an obtuse apex, no rolling on the longitudinal margins, concave to horizontal in attitude, purple with faded stripes on the upper side and purple on the lower side
DISC: dark purple before dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Oslipu' was developed by the breeder Anna M.W.P. Houbraken, an employee of Syngenta Seeds B.V. in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. The new osteospermum variety originated from a cross between female parent 'C 298' and male parent 'C 274', conducted in June 1999. The new variety was selected from the progeny in 2000 based on plant habit, branching and plant vigor. The variety has been propagated by vegetative cuttings since August 2000.

Tests & Trials: The trials for 'Oslipu' were conducted in a polyhouse at BioFlora in St. Thomas, Ontario, during the spring of 2006. The trials included 15 plants of each variety grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour characteristics were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Oslipu' with reference varieties 'Osoutis' and 'Wildside'

Plant height (cm)

  'Oslipu' 'Osoutis' 'Wildside'
mean 16.6 26.1 29.4
std. deviation 2.12 1.34 1.65

Length of leaf (cm)

  'Oslipu' 'Osoutis' 'Wildside'
mean 3.7 4.6 4.7
std. deviation 0.64 0.47 0.57

Width of ray florets (cm)

  'Oslipu' 'Osoutis' 'Wildside'
mean 0.7 0.8 1.0
std. deviation 0.08 0.05 0.08

Colour of ray florets (RHS)

  'Oslipu' 'Osoutis' 'Wildside'
upper side 72A with faded stripes N78A with faded stripes 71A with faded stripes

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Osteospermum: 'Oslipu' (left) with reference varieties 'Osoutis' (centre) and 'Wildside' (right)

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