Cante Coras


Denomination: 'Cante Coras'
Trade name: Caliente Coral
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum x P. tongaense
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Mitchell Hanes, Goldsmith Seeds, Inc., Morgan Hill, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2003-07-09
Application Number: 03-3759
Grant of Rights Date: 2005-10-03
Certificate Number: 2218
Date rights surrendered: 2015-08-21

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balgalsusi' (Galleria Sunrise Improved)

Summary: 'Cante Coras' has a wider plant width and produces more branches than 'Balgalsusi'. 'Cante Coras' has no leaf zone while 'Balgalsusi' has a weak to medium leaf zone. 'Cante Coras' has a longer petiole length than 'Balgalsusi'. 'Cante Coras' differs slightly in flower colour and has light red pedicels while 'Balgalsusi' has dark red pedicels.


'Cante Coras' is a hybrid pelargonium variety which has an intermediate growth habit. The stem is green in colour, thin in thickness and has dense pubescence. The leaf blade is short in length and medium to wide in width. The leaf blade has a wide open to open base and bicrenate margins which have strong waviness. The leaf lobes are deep. The upper side of the leaf has dense pubescence and is medium green in colour with no leaf zone. The petiole has moderate pubescence.

'Cante Coras' produces pink inflorescences that are medium in diameter. The peduncle is medium to long in length with moderate pubescence and no anthocyanin colouration. The buds are narrow elliptic in shape. The florets of 'Cante Coras' are single and have entire petal margins. The petals are overlapping. The upper petal is medium in width with strong striped markings. The upper petal has a very small white zone at the base. The lower petal has no markings present. The pedicel has medium pubescence and is light red in colour in the middle third of its length. The sepals are green in colour.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Cante Coras' originated from a cross between two proprietary lines, made in October 1996, at Gilroy, California, USA. The resultant seed was sown in a greenhouse in January 1997 and in March 1997 a single plant was selected based on flower colour, flower form and plant habit.

Tests & Trials: 'Cante Coras' was tested in a greenhouse during the summer of 2004, in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials included 15 plants of the candidate and reference varieties. Rooted cuttings were planted into 11cm pots on June 12, 2004. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on August 16, 2004. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 RHS Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Cante Coras' with reference variety 'Balgalsusi'

Plant width (cm)

  'Cante Coras' 'Balgalsusi'
mean 47.8 42.5
std. deviation 5.51 6.74

Number of branches

  'Cante Coras' 'Balgalsusi'
mean 15.5 7.2
std. deviation 2.37 1.17

Petiole length (cm)

  'Cante Coras' 'Balgalsusi'
mean 7.8 5.1
std. deviation 1.88 1.01

Colour of upper petal (RHS)

  'Cante Coras' 'Balgalsusi'
margin 52A 43A-B
middle 52A 43A-B
markings 61A-B 61A
between markings 52C 58C
lower side 52B 43B-C, 45D at margin

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Cante Coras' 'Balgalsusi'
margin 52A 43A-B
middle 52A 43A-B
lower side 52B 43B-C, 45D at margin
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