|Trade name:||Sidekick Lime|
|Botanical Name:||Ipomoea batatas|
Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Jason Jandrew, Goldsmith Seeds, Inc., Mountain View, United States of America
|Agent in Canada:||
38723 Fingal Line
St. Thomas, Ontario
|Grant of Rights Date:||2010-08-27|
|Date rights surrendered:||2015-08-21|
Variety used for comparison: 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green'
Summary: The leaf blade of 'Seki Lim' is lobed with shallow to medium deep sinuses between the lobes whereas that of 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green' is entire. The upper side of the fully developed leaf blade of 'Seki Lim' is light green (closest to RHS 144B) with lighter yellow green (RHS N144A) tones while it is light yellow green (RHS N144A) with darker green (RHS 144B) tones for 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green'. The lower side of a fully developed leaf blade of 'Seki Lim' is darker green than that of 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green'. The midrib and petiole of 'Seki Lim' have anthocyanin colouration ranging from weak to strong whereas those of 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green' have no anthocyanin colouration.
PLANT: vegetatively propagated, annual, compact bushy to spreading growth habit, weak degree of branching
STEM: light green, weak to moderate anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence, thin to medium thickness, smooth
LEAF: alternate arrangement along stem, simple
LEAF BLADE: cordate shape, acuminate apex, cordate or weakly auriculate base, lobed, shallow to medium deep sinuses between lobes, very fine inconspicuous pubescence of moderate density on upper and lower sides, no variegation, upper side is light green (closest to RHS 144B) with light yellow green (RHS N144A) tones at maturity, lower side is light green (RHS 145A-B) at maturity
MIDRIB (basal part): weak to moderate anthocyanin colouration on upper side, moderate to strong anthocyanin colouration on lower side
PETIOLE: moderate anthocyanin colouration on upper side
Origin & Breeding History: 'Seki Lim' was developed by the breeder, Jason Jandrew, an employee of Goldsmith Seeds, Inc., in Gilroy, California, U.S.A. as part of a planned breeding program. It originated from a hybrid cross conducted in October 2006 between the female parent variety 'Sweet Caroline Light Green' and the male parent variety 'Margarita'. The resultant seed was sown in a greenhouse in December 2006. In March 2007, a single plant from the progeny was selected by the breeder based on its foliage quality, foliage colour and plant growth habit.
Tests & Trials: The trial of 'Seki Lim' was conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2009 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. It included 15 plants of each variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings transplanted into 15 cm pots on May 28, 2009. Most observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants or parts of plants of each variety on July 3, 2009. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.
Comparison table for 'Seki Lim' with reference variety 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green'
Colour of fully developed leaf blade (RHS)
|'Seki Lim'||'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green'|
|upper side||closest to 144B with N144A tones||N144A with 144B tones|
|lower side||145A-B||darker than 145C|
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