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Petunia plant named `Wespeneo`
PP14159 Petunia plant named `Wespeneo`
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Inventor: Westhoff
Date Issued: September 23, 2003
Application: 10/162,997
Filed: June 5, 2002
Inventors: Westhoff; Heinrich (Sudlohn-Oeding, DE)
Assignee: Josef + Heinrich Westhoff Gartenbau - Spezialkultmen (Sudlohn-Oeding, DE)
Primary Examiner: Campell; Bruce R.
Assistant Examiner: Grunberg; Anne Marie
Attorney Or Agent: Whealy; C. A.
U.S. Class: PLT/356
Field Of Search: PLT/356
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Abstract: A distinct cultivar of Petunia plant named `Wespeneo`, characterized by its cascading plant habit; freely branching habit; dense and bushy growth habit; and single salverform red purple-colored flowers.
Claim: It is claimed:

1. A new and distinct cultivar of Petunia plant named `Wespeneo`, as illustrated and described.
Description: Botanicalclassification/cultivar designation: Petunia.times.hybrida cultivar Wespeneo.


The present Invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Petunia plant, botanically known as Petunia.times.hybrida, and hereinafter referred to by the name `Wespeneo`.

The new Petunia is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the Inventor in Sudlohn-Oeding, Germany. The new Petunia originated from a cross-pollination made by the Inventor of a proprietary Petunia selection identified as 98 P 79,not patented, as the female, or seed, parent with a proprietary Petunia selection identified as 99 P 19, not patented, as the male, or pollen, parent. The new Petunia was selected by the Inventor in 1999 in a controlled environment in Sudlohn-Oeding,Germany.

Asexual reproduction of the new cultivar by terminal cuttings taken in Sudlohn-Oeding, Germany since 2000, has shown that the unique features of this new Petunia are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.


Plants of the cultivar Wespeneo have not been observed under all possible environmental conditions. The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment such as temperature and light intensity without, however, any variance ingenotype.

The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of `Wespeneo`. These characteristics in combination distinguish `Wespeneo` as a new and distinct Petunia cultivar: 1. Cascading plant habit. 2. Freely branching habit. 3. Dense and bushy growth habit. 4. Single salverform red purple-colored flowers.

Plants of the new Petunia have larger and more intense red purple-colored flowers than plants of the female parent, the selection 98 P 79. Plants of the new Petunia have larger leaves and larger flowers than plants of the male parent, theselection 98 P 19.

Plants of the cultivar Wespeneo can be compared to plants of the Petunia cultivar Wespur, disclosed in U.S. Plant Pat. No. 11,573. However in side-by-side comparisons conducted in Sudlohn-Oeding, Germany, plants of the new Petunia and thecultivar Wespur differed in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Petunia had lighter green-colored leaves than plants of the cultivar Wespur. 2. Plants of the new Petunia had larger flowers than plants of the cultivar Wespur. 3. Plants of the new Petunia had larger sepals than plants of the cultivar Wespur. 4. Flower color of plants of the new Petunia was more red purple than flower color of plants of the cultivar Wespur.


The accompanying colored photographs illustrate the overall appearance of the new cultivar, showing the colors as true as it is reasonably possible to obtain in colored reproductions of this type. Colors in the photographs may differ slightlyfrom the color values cited in the detailed botanical description which accurately describe the colors of the new Petunia.

The photograph at the top of the sheet comprises a side perspective view of a typical plant of `Wespeneo`.

The photograph at the bottom of the sheet comprises a close-up view of a typical flower and leaves of `Wespeneo`.


In the following description, color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart, 1995 Edition, except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used. Plants used for the photographs and the descriptionwere grown in 12-cm containers during the spring and summer for about 20 weeks in a glass-covered greenhouse and under conditions which closely approximate commercial production conditions in Sudlohn-Oeding, Germany. During the production of the plants,day temperatures were about 20 to C. and night temperatures were about 16 to C. Botanical classification: Petunia.times.hybrida cultivar Wespeneo. Parentage: Female parent.--Proprietary Petunia.times.hybrida selection identifiedas 98 P 79, not patented. Male parent.--Proprietary Petunia.times.hybrida selection identified as 98 P 19, not patented. Propagation: Type cutting.--Terminal vegetative cuttings. Time to initiate roots.--About 18 days at C. Time to developroots.--About 20 to 28 days at C. Root description.--Numerous, fine, fibrous and well-branched. Plant description: Form.--Annual flowering plant; initially upright, then cascading. Viscid, glandular pubescent. Freely continuous basalbranching with lateral branches potentially forming at every node. Usage.--Appropriate for hanging baskets, window boxes and patio containers. Plant height (from soil level to top of plant plane).--About 15 cm. Plant diameter.--About 60 cm. Stemdescription.--Main branches, length: About 65 to 75 cm. Main branches, diameter: About 3.2 mm. Lateral branches, length: About 44 cm. Lateral branches, diameter: About 2.7 mm. Internode length: About 4.3 cm. Texture: Densely pubescence. Color:146B. Foliage description.--Arrangement: Before flowering, alternate; after flowering, opposite; simple. Length: About 7.9 cm. Width: About 3.4 cm. Shape: Ovate. Apex: Acute. Base: Attenuate. Margin: Entire. Aspect: Flat. Texture, upper andlower surfaces: Densely pubescent. Venation pattern: Pinnate. Petiole length: About 1.8 cm. Petiole diameter: About 2.2 mm. Petiole texture, upper and lower surfaces: Pubescent. Color: Young foliage, upper surface: 144A. Young foliage, lowersurface: 144A to 144B. Fully expanded foliage, upper surface: 146A. Fully expanded foliage, lower surface: 146B. Venation, upper and lower surfaces: 144A. Petiole, upper and lower surfaces: 144A.

Flower description: Flower type and habit.--Single salverform flowers; flowers face upward and outward; single, axillary. Flowers persistent. Freely flowering. Natural flowering season.--Long day responsive; flowering from April until frost inthe autumn in Germany; flowering continuous during this period. Fragrance.--None detected. Flower longevity on the plant.--About one week. Flower size.--Diameter: About 7.3 cm. Depth (height): About 3.7 cm. Tube length: About 3 cm. Throat diameter,distal end: About 1.5 cm. Tube diameter, proximal end: About 3.6 mm. Flower buds.--Length: About 4 cm. Diameter: About 9 mm. Shape: Oblong. Color: Towards apex, 72B to 78D; towards base, 145C. Petals.--Arrangement/appearance: Single whorl of fivepetals, fused into flared trumpet. Length from throat: About 3.5 cm. Width: About 3.2 cm. Shape: Roughly spatulate. Apex: Mostly rounded, broad. Margin: Entire, undulate. Texture: Smooth, satiny. Color: When opening, upper surface: 66A. Whenopening, lower surface: 68D; towards margin, 68A. Fully opened, upper surface: 66A to 66B; color becoming closer to 74B with subsequent development. Fully opened, lower surface: 68C; towards margin, 68B. Flower throat (inside): 75B. Flower tube(outside): 64D. Venation, upper surface: 70A. Venation, lower surface: 66A. Venation, throat: Primary veins, 184A; secondary veins, 71C. Venation, tube: 145A. Sepals.--Arrangement/appearance: Single whorl of five sepals, fused at base; star-shaped. Length: About 2.5 cm. Width: About 5 mm. Shape: Linear. Apex: Obtuse. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Densely pubescent. Color, upper surface: 146A to 146B. Color, lower surface: 146B. Peduncles.--Length: About 3.4 cm. Width:About 1.5 mm. Strength: Flexible and wiry, holding flowers outwardly. Texture: Pubescent. Color: 144A. Reproductive organs.--Stamens: Quantity: Five per flower. Anther shape: Four-parted, reniform. Anther length: About 2.5 mm. Anther diameter:About 2.1 mm. Anther color: 157A. Pollen amount: Abundant. Pollen color: 156C. Pistils: Quantity: One per flower. Pistil length: About 2.4 cm. Stigma shape: Triangular. Stigma color: 146A; towards margin, 145A. Style length: About 1.8 cm. Stylecolor: 145B. Ovary color: 144A. Seed/fruit.--Seed and fruit production have not been observed. Disease/pest resistance: Plants of the new Petunia have not been noted to be resistant to pathogens or pests common to Petunia. Temperature tolerance:Plants of the new Petunia have been observed to be tolerant to temperatures from 2 to C.

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