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Calibrachoa plant named `Wescapurve`
PP16973 Calibrachoa plant named `Wescapurve`
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Inventor: Westhoff
Date Issued: August 8, 2006
Application: 11/146,212
Filed: June 6, 2005
Inventors: Westhoff; Heinrich (Sudlohn, DE)
Assignee: J. & H. Westhoff Interpel (Sudlohn, DE)
Primary Examiner: Grunberg; Anne Marie
Assistant Examiner: Para; Annette H
Attorney Or Agent: Whealy; C. A.
U.S. Class: PLT/263
Field Of Search: PLT/263
International Class: A01H 5/00
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Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Calibrachoa plant named `Wescapurve`, characterized by its cascading and vigorous growth habit; freely branching habit; short internodes; dense and bushy appearance; medium-sized leaves; medium-sized flowers; and numerous light purple-colored flowers with purple-colored venation and a dark purple-colored circumorbital ring.
Claim: It is claimed:

1. A new and distinct cultivar of Calibrachoa plant named `Wescapurve`, as illustrated and described.
Description: Botanicaldesignation: Calibrachoa sp.

Cultivar denomination: `Wescapurve`.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present Invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Calibrachoa plant, botanically known as Calibrachoa sp., and hereinafter referred to by the cultivar name `Wescapurve`.

The new Calibrachoa is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the Inventor in Sudlohn, Germany. The objective of the breeding program is to develop new vigorous Calibrachoa cultivars with attractive and unique flower coloration.

The new Calibrachoa originated from a cross-pollination made by the Inventor in 2000 of a proprietary selection of Calibrachoa identified as code number 00P108, not patented, as the female, or seed, parent with a proprietary selection ofCalibrachoa identified as code number 00P174, not patented, as the male, or pollen, parent. The new Calibrachoa was discovered and selected by the Inventor in a controlled environment in Sudlohn, Germany as a single plant within the resulting progenyfrom the cross-pollination.

Asexual reproduction of the new cultivar by terminal cuttings at Sudlohn, Germany since 2001, has shown that the unique features of this new Calibrachoa are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

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

The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of `Wescapurve`. These characteristics in combination distinguish `Wescapurve` as a new and distinct cultivar of Calibrachoa: 1. Cascadingand vigorous growth habit. 2. Freely branching habit; short internodes; dense and bushy appearance. 3. Medium-sized leaves. 4. Medium-sized flowers. 5. Numerous light purple-colored flowers with purple-colored venation and a dark purple-coloredcircumorbital ring.

Plants of the cultivar Wescapurve can be compared to plants of the female parent selection. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Sudlohn, Germany, plants of the new Calibrachoa differed from plants of the female parent selection in thefollowing characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had darker green-colored leaves than plants of the female parent selection. 2. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had larger flowers than plants of the female parent selection. 3. Plants of thenew Calibrachoa and the female parent selection differed in flower color as plants of the female parent selection had lighter pink-colored flowers.

Plants of the cultivar Wescapurve can be compared to plants of the male parent selection. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Sudlohn, Germany, plants of the new Calibrachoa differed from plants of the male parent selection in the followingcharacteristics: 1. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had shorter internodes than plants of the male parent selection. 2. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had larger leaves than plants of the male parent selection. 3. Plants of the new Calibrachoa and themale parent selection differed in flower color as plants of the male parent selection had pink-colored flowers.

Plants of the new Calibrachoa can also be compared to plants of the Calibrachoa cultivar Wescarasp, disclosed in a U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 11/146,211. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Sudlohn, Germany, plants of the newCalibrachoa differed from plants of the cultivar Wescarasp in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Calibrachoa were more cascading than and not as upright as plants of the cultivar Wescarasp. 2. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had broaderleaves than plants of the cultivar Wescarasp. 3. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had larger flowers than plants of the cultivar Wescarasp. 4. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had lighter purple-colored flowers than plants of the cultivar Wescarasp.

Plants of the new Calibrachoa can also be compared to plants of the Calibrachoa cultivar Wescaplum, disclosed in U.S. Plant Pat. No. 15,069. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Sudlohn, Germany, plants of the new Calibrachoa differed fromplants of the cultivar Wescaplum in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had smaller and darker green-colored leaves than plants of the cultivar Wescaplum. 2. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had larger flowers than plants ofthe cultivar Wescaplum. 3. Plants of the new Calibrachoa had lighter purple-colored flowers than plants of the cultivar Wescaplum.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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 Calibrachoa.

The photograph at the top of the sheet comprises a side perspective view of typical flowering plants of `Wescapurve` grown in a container.

The photograph at the bottom of the sheet is a close-up view of typical flowers of `Wescapurve`.

DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

Plants used in the aforementioned photographs and for the following description were grown under conditions which closely approximate commercial production conditions during the spring and summer in a glass-covered greenhouse in Sudlohn, Germany. Plants were about 20 weeks from planting rooted cuttings and grown in containers. During the production of the plants, the day temperatures ranged from 20 to 25.degree. C., night temperatures ranged from 16 to 18.degree. C. and light levels rangedfrom 3,000 to 50,000 lux.

In the following description, color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart, 2001 Edition, except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used. Botanical classification: Calibrachoa sp. cultivarWescapurve. Parentage: Female parent.--Proprietary selection of Calibrachoa sp. identified as 00P108, not patented. Male parent.--Proprietary selection of Calibrachoa sp. identified as 00P174, not patented. Propagation: Type cutting.--Terminalvegetative cuttings. Time to initiate roots.--About 18 to 20 days at 20.degree. C. Time to develop roots.--About 20 to 28 days at 20.degree. C. Root description.--Numerous, fine, fibrous, and well-branched. Plant description: Form.--Annual floweringplant; cascading; uniform, rounded appearance, plants eventually become spherical in overall shape. Freely branching with lateral branches forming at every node. Vigorous growth habit. Usage.--Appropriate for hanging baskets, window boxes and patiocontainers. Plant height (from soil level to top of plant plane).--About 12 cm. Plant length (from soil level to lateral branches apices).--About 60 to 80 cm. Stem description.--Main branches, length: About 44 cm. Main branches, diameter: About 2.2mm. Lateral branches, length: About 25 cm. Lateral branches, diameter: About 0.9 mm. Internode length: About 1.1 cm. Texture: Densely pubescent. Strength: Strong, wiry. Color: 144B. Foliage description.--Arrangement: Alternate, simple; sessile. Length: About 3 cm. Width: About 1 cm. Shape: Elliptic. Apex: Rounded. Base: Attenuate. Margin: Entire. Aspect: Mostly flat. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Densely pubescent; leathery. Venation: Pinnate. Color: Developing foliage, upper andlower surfaces: 146B. Fully expanded foliage, upper surface: 147A; midvein, 147B; lateral veins, similar to lamina. Fully expanded foliage, lower surface: 147B; midvein, 147C; lateral veins, similar to lamina. Flower description: Flower type andhabit.--Medium-sized flowers; flowers face upright or outward; single, axillary. Flowers not persistent. Freely flowering with flowers forming at every axil. Natural flowering season.--Spring until frost in the autumn; flowering continuous. Flowerlongevity on the plant.--About one week. Flower size.--Diameter: About 3.5 cm. Depth (height): About 2.3 cm. Tube length: About 1.6 cm. Throat diameter, distal end: About 8 mm. Tube diameter, proximal end: About 3 mm. Flower buds.--Length: About1.8 cm. Diameter: About 4 mm. Shape: Oblong. Color: Towards the base, 154C; towards the apex, N77A to N77B. Corolla.--Arrangement/appearance: Single whorl of five petals, fused into flared trumpet. Petal length from throat: About 1.5 cm. Petalwidth: About 1.6 cm. Petal shape: Roughly spatulate with an obtuse apex. Petal margin: Entire. Petal texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous; satiny. Color: Petal, when opening, upper surface: N78B to N78C. Petal, when opening, lowersurface: N77B. Petal, fully opened, upper surface: N78B; color becoming closer to N74D to 70C with development; circumorbital ring, 71A to N79C; venation, 78A. Petal, fully opened, lower surface: N79D; venation, N77A. Flower throat (inside): 9A;venation, 197A. Flower tube (outside): 10B; venation, N79A. Sepals.--Arrangement/appearance: Single whorl of five sepals, star-shaped. Length: About 1.4 cm. Width: About 2.9 mm. Shape: Lanceolate to acicular. Apex: Acute. Margin: Entire. Texture,upper and lower surfaces: Densely pubescent. Color, upper and lower surfaces: 146A. Peduncles.--Length: About 1.4 cm. Width: About 0.8 mm. Strength: Flexible, wiry. Texture: Slightly pubescent. Color: 144A. Reproductive organs.--Stamens: Quantityper flower: Five. Anther shape: Four-parted, ovate. Anther length: About 1.2 mm. Anther diameter: About 1 mm. Filament length: About 6 mm. Filament color: 144D. Anther color: 8A. Pollen amount: Moderate. Pollen color: 8A. Pistils: Quantity perflower: One. Pistil length: About 1 cm. Stigma shape: Ovate. Stigma color: 144A. Style length: About 7 mm. Style color: 144C. Ovary color: 144B. Seed/fruit.--Seed and fruit production has not been observed. Disease/pest resistance: Plants of thenew Calibrachoa have not been noted to be resistant to pathogens and pests common to Calibrachoa. Temperature tolerance: Plants of the new Calibrachoa have been observed to be tolerant to temperatures ranging from 2 to 30.degree. C.

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