Denomination: 'Orbit'
Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum
Applicant/Holder: Enza Zaden Beheer B.V.
Haling 1E
1602 DB Enkhuizen
Breeder: Wouter Lindeman, Enza Zaden Beheer B.V., Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Fetherstonhaugh & Co.
P.O. Box 2999
Station D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5Y6
Tel: 613-235-4373
Application Date: 2015-09-17
Application Number: 16-9019

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Verbier'

Summary: The margin of the leaf blade of 'Orbit' has medium to strong undulation whereas the margin of the leaf blade of 'Verbier' has medium undulation. The diameter of the fruit of 'Orbit' is broad to very broad whereas the fruit of 'Verbier' is broad. At maturity, the intensity of colour of the fruit is medium to dark whereas the intensity is medium to less dark for 'Verbier'.


SEEDLING: anthocyanin colouration of hypocotyl present

PLANT: medium to tall, no shortened internodes in upper part, medium to long internodes on primary side shoots
STEM: medium to long, weak to medium intensity of anthocyanin colouration of nodes, sparse hairiness of nodes

LEAF BLADE: medium to long, medium to broad, medium green on upper side, ovate to broad elliptic shape, medium to strong undulation of margin, medium to strong blistering, moderately concave profile in cross-section, medium degree of glossiness on upper side

FLOWERING: begins mid-season
PEDUNCLE: semi-drooping attitude
FLOWER: anthocyanin colouration of anther present

STALK: medium length, thick
CALYX: non enveloping aspect
FRUIT: medium green before maturity, no anthocyanin colouration before maturity, drooping attitude, short, broad to very broad diameter, medium length to diameter ratio, square shape in longitudinal section, angular to circular shape in cross-section (at level of placenta), absent or very weak sinuation of pericarp at basal part, absent or very weak sinuation of pericarp excluding basal part, smooth or very slightly wrinkled surface, medium to dark orange at maturity, medium degree of glossiness, shallow to medium depth of stalk cavity, moderately depressed apex, shallow to medium depth of interloculary grooves, predominantly four and more locules, medium to thick flesh, no capsaicin in placenta, matures mid-season

DISEASE REACTIONS: resistance to Tobamovirus pathotypes P0, P1, P1-2 and P1-2-3 present; no resistance to Potato Virus Y pathotypes 0, 1 and 1-2; no resistance to Phytophthora capsici, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus and Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Orbit' originated from a controlled cross conducted between the proprietary seedling designated 'OP2429', as the female parent, and the propriety seedling designated 'OP2431', as the male parent, at Enza Zaden Research and Development B.V. in Enkhuizen, Netherlands during the summer of 2013. The resulting progeny were included in the 2014 hybrid screening trial. One selection designated 'E20B0138' was placed in field trials worldwide, and later named 'Orbit' after its final selection in August 2015. The selection criteria and objectives of the breeding program were to develop a new sweet pepper variety that produces large colourful fruit with disease resistance.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Orbit' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number PPS1631, purchased from Naktuinbouw, Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands. The trial was conducted by Naktuinbouw, Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands, in 2016.

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Pepper: 'Orbit'

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