Denomination: 'Bodhigyel'
Trade name: High Noon Yellow
Botanical Name: Portulaca grandiflora
Applicant/Holder: John Bodger and Sons Company
1800 North Tyler Avenue
South El Monte, California
United States of America
Breeder: Kim Bodger, John Bodger and Sons Company, South El Monte, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2004-07-09
Application Number: 04-4298
Date abandoned: 2008-10-01

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sundial Gold'

Summary: 'Bodhigyel' is a slightly shorter, more densely branched plant than 'Sundial Gold'. The flowers of 'Bodhigyel' are fully double and have more petals than those of 'Sundial Gold'. While both varieties have bright yellow flowers, the petals of 'Bodhigyel' have a much smaller reddish blotch towards the base than the petals of 'Sundial Gold'. The flowers of 'Bodhigyel' stay open in low light intensity such as during the evening and on cloudy days, whereas those of the reference variety close.


PLANT: annual, short to medium height, dense branching
STEM: medium to thick, reddish green, short to medium internodes, sparse tufts of hair, weak anthocynin colouration

LEAF: alternate arrangement, adpressed to oblique to stem, oblanceolate shape, medium green, no anthocyanin

FLOWER: fully double
PETAL: no striation, obcordate shape, yellow, small reddish blotch towards base on inner side

Origin & Breeding History: 'Bodhigyel' was developed from the cross between an F3 unnamed selection of 'Sundial Mango' and 'Sundial Pink'. The F2 seeds were harvested, sown and evaluated beginning in 2001. Only light coloured flowers and male sterile flowers were selected for the next stage of testing. The final selection of this new cultivar was made in 2003. The initial selection criteria was for flower colour and flowering ability. Subsequent testing and evaluation for plant habit, vigour, reliable cutting propagation and stability were additional selection criteria.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Bodhigyel' were conducted in a polyhouse in Oxford Station, Ontario during the summer of 2006. The trial consisted of 15 plants per variety, grown in 10cm pots and spaced approximately 30 cm apart in the polyhouse. Measured characteristics were based on ten measurements. All colour observations were made using the RHS Colour Chart 2001.

Comparison tables for 'Bodhigyel' with reference variety 'Sundial Gold'

Plant height (cm)

  'Bodhigyel' 'Sundial Gold'
mean 9.38 15.50
std. deviation 2.26 1.05

Number of petals per flower

  'Bodhigyel' 'Sundial Gold'
mean 35.0 15.4
range 28-43 14-18

Colour of petals (RHS)

  'Bodhigyel' 'Sundial Gold'
main - inner side 12B to 5A 12B to 5A
main - outer side 12C 12C
secondary - inner side 53C-D 53C-D

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Portulaca/purslane: 'Bodhigyel' (left) with reference variety 'Sundial Gold' (right)

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