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Lantana plant named `Robpatgra`
PP17600 Lantana plant named `Robpatgra`
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Inventor: Roberson
Date Issued: April 17, 2007
Application: 11/185,458
Filed: July 20, 2005
Inventors: Roberson; Robert J. (Grain Valley, MO)
Assignee:
Primary Examiner: Bell; Kent
Assistant Examiner: Para; Annette H
Attorney Or Agent: Whealy; C. A.
U.S. Class: PLT/227
Field Of Search: PLT/227
International Class: A01H 5/00
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Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Lantana plant named `Robpatgra`, characterized by its upright and somewhat outwardly spreading plant habit; uniformly mounded plant form; freely branching habit; long internodes; open plant habit; freely and continuously flowering habit; flowers that are light purple in color; and purple-colored fruits.
Claim: It is claimed:

1. A new and distinct cultivar of Lantana plant named `Robpatgra`, as illustrated and described.
Description: Botanicaldesignation: Lantana camara.

Cultivar denomination: `Robpatgra`.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present Invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Lantana plant, botanically known as Lantana camara, and hereinafter referred to by the cultivar name Robpatgra.

The new Lantana is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the Inventor in Grain Valley, Mo. The objective of the breeding program is to create new freely-flowering Lantanas with attractive flower coloration.

The new Lantana originated from a cross-pollination made by the Inventor in August, 2001 of a proprietary Lantana seedling selection identified as code number 00TF-3, not patented, as the female, or seed, parent with a proprietary Lantanaseedling selection identified as code number 00TF-2, not patented, as the male, or pollen, parent. The new Lantana was selected as a single plant from the resulting progeny of the cross-pollination by the Inventor in a controlled environment in GrainValley, Mo., on the basis of its attractive flower and seed coloration.

Asexual reproduction of the new cultivar by terminal cuttings in a controlled environment in Grain Valley, Mo., since September, 2002, has shown that the unique features of this new Lantana are stable and reproduced true to type in successivegenerations.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Plants of the cultivar Robpatgra have not been observed under all possible environmental conditions. The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment and culture such as temperature and light intensity, however, any variance ingenotype.

The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of `Robpatgra`. These characteristics in combination distinguish `Robpatgra` as a new and distinct Lantana cultivar: 1. Upright and somewhatoutwardly spreading plant habit; uniformly mounded plant form. 2. Freely branching habit and long internodes, open habit. 3. Freely and continuously flowering habit. 4. Flowers that are light purple in color. 5. Purple-colored fruits.

Plants of the new Lantana can be compared to plants of the parents. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Grain Valley, Mo., plants of the new Lantana differed from plants of the female parent selection in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Lantana produced more fruits per plants than plants of the female parent selection. 2. Fruits of plants of the new Lantana were larger than fruits of plants of the female parent selection.

In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Grain Valley, Mo., plants of the new Lantana differed from plants of the male parent selection in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Lantana were smaller than plants of the male parentselection. 2. Plants of the new Lantana had shorter internodes than plants of the male parent selection.

Plants of the new Lantana can also be compared to plants of the Lantana cultivar Lavender Popcorn, not patented. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Grain Valley, Mo., plants of the new Lantana differed from plants of the cultivar LavenderPopcorn in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Lantana produced more fruits per plants than plants of the cultivar Lavender Popcorn. 2. Fruits of plants of the new Lantana were larger than fruits of plants of the cultivar LavenderPopcorn.

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 Lantana. Plants used for the photographs were grown in an outdoor nursery in Grain Valley, Mo. for about three months.

The photograph on the first sheet comprises a side perspective view of a typical flowering plant of `Robpatgra` grown in the landscape for about three months.

The photograph on the second sheet comprises a close-up view of typical inflorescences, fruits and leaves of `Robpatgra`.

DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

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 description were planted incontainers after rooting and grown for about 3 months during the spring in an outdoor nursery in Tolar, Tex. During the production of the plants in the greenhouse, temperatures ranged from about 18.degree. C. to about 35.degree. C. Botanicalclassification: Lantana camara cultivar Robpatgra. Parentage: Female, or seed, parent.--Proprietary Lantana camara seedling selection identified as code number 00TF-3 not patented. Male, or pollen, parent.--Proprietary Lantana camara seedling selectionidentified as code number 00TF-2, not patented. Propagation: Type cutting.--Terminal cuttings. Time to initiate roots, summer.--About 12 days at 27.degree. C. Time to initiate roots, winter.--About 15 days at 27.degree. C. Time to develop roots,summer.--About 28 days at 24.degree. C. Time to develop roots, winter.--About 38 days at 24.degree. C. Root description.--Fine, fibrous; initially glaucous white in color then becoming closer to 161D with development. Rooting habit.--Freely branching. Plant description: Form.--Flowering subshrub; upright and somewhat outwardly spreading plant habit; uniformly mounded plant form; open growth habit. Freely branching; two lateral branches potentially forming at every node; pinching enhances lateralbranch development. Plant height.--About 33 cm. Plant diameter.--About 45 cm. Lateral branches.--Length: About 31 cm. Diameter: About 3.5 mm. Internode length: About 4.1 cm. Strength: Strong, but flexible. Texture: Rough, pubescent. Color: Young:Close to 144A. Woody: Close to 199A. Foliage description.--Arrangement: Opposite; simple. Length: About 11.6 cm. Width: About 4.8 cm. Shape: Narrowly ovate. Apex: Acute. Base: Attenuate. Margin: Serrate to crenate. Texture, upper and lowersurfaces: Leathery, rough, coarse; pubescent. Luster: Upper surface: Slightly glossy. Lower surface: Dull. Venation pattern: Pinnate, arcuate. Color: Developing and fully expanded foliage, upper surface: Close to 147A. Developing and fully expandedfoliage, lower surface: Close to 147B. Venation, upper surface: Close to 146A. Venation, lower surface: Close to 147D. Petiole length: About 7.5 cm. Petiole diameter: About 2.5 mm. Petiole texture, both surfaces: Slightly pubescent. Petiole color,upper surface: Close to 146A. Petiole color, lower surface: Close to 147D. Flower description: Flower type and habit.--Small salverform flowers arranged in axillary umbels; flowers face mostly upward or outward. Flowers self-cleaning. Very freelyflowering with potentially two inflorescences per node; typically about 24 flowers per umbel. Natural flowering season.--Spring until frost in the autumn; flowering continuous and consistent. Flower longevity on the plant.--About one week. Fragrance.--None detected. Inflorescence diameter.--About 2.75 cm. Inflorescence height.--About 1.5 cm. Flowers.--Appearance: Flared trumpet, corolla fused, four-parted; flowers roughly rectangular in shape. Diameter: About 9 mm by 7 mm. Corollatube length: About 9 mm. Flower buds (before showing color).--Length: About 8 mm. Diameter: About 6 mm. Shape: Roughly ovoid. Color: Close to 144A. Corolla.--Arrangement/appearance: Single whorl of four petals, fused into flared trumpet. Petallength from throat: Upper and lower petals: About 4.5 mm. Lateral petals: About 3 mm. Petal width: Upper and lower petals: About 3.5 mm. Lateral petals: About 2 mm. Petal shape: Spatulate to somewhat orbicular. Petal apex: Rounded. Petal margin:Entire. Petal lobe texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, velvety. Corolla throat and tube texture: Pubescent. Color: Petal lobes, when opening and fully opened, upper surface: Close to 75A to 77C; towards the throat, close to 155D. Petal lobes,when opening and fully opened, lower surface: Close to 77D. Throat: Close to 12A. Tube: Close to 77D. Calyx.--Quantity: One sepal per flower. Length: About 6 mm. Width: About 2 mm. Shape: Lanceolate. Apex: Acute. Base: Truncate. Texture, upperand lower surface: Pubescent. Color, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 144A. Peduncles.--Length: About 5.6 cm. Diameter: About 1 mm. Angle: About 45.degree. from the stem. Strength: Flexible, but strong. Texture: Pubescent. Color: Close to 144A. Pedicels.--Not observed, flowers not stalked. Reproductive organs.--Stamens: Quantity/arrangement: Four per flower, adnate to floral tube. Anther shape: Oblong. Anther length: Less than 1 mm. Anther color: Close to 9A. Pollen amount: None observed. Pistils: Quantity: One per flower. Pistil length: About 1.25 mm. Stigma shape: Rounded. Stigma color: Close to 144A. Ovary color: Close to 144A. Fruit.--Quantity: One per flower. Shape: Spherical. Diameter: About 5 mm. Texture: Smooth, glabrous. Color: Close to 77B. Disease/pest resistance: Plants of the new Lantana grown in the garden have not been noted to be resistant to pathogens and pests common to Lantana. Weather tolerance: Plants of the new Lantana have been observed to be verytolerant to rain and wind. Temperature tolerance: Plants of the new Lantana have been observed to be tolerant to temperatures ranging from 0.degree. C. to 38.degree. C.

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