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Lily plant named `Tiny Invader`
PP17618 Lily plant named `Tiny Invader`
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Inventor: Mak
Date Issued: April 17, 2007
Application: 11/255,212
Filed: October 20, 2005
Inventors: Mak; Nicolaas Aloysius Maria ('t Zand, NL)
Assignee: Mak 't Zand B.V. ('t Zand, NL)
Primary Examiner: Grunberg; Anne Marie
Assistant Examiner: McCormick-Ewoldt; S. B.
Attorney Or Agent: Whealy; C. A.
U.S. Class: PLT/314
Field Of Search: PLT/314
International Class: A01H 5/00
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Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Asiatic Hybrid Lily plant named `Tiny Invader` characterized by its small to medium plant size; vigorous growth habit; freely flowering habit; orange-colored tepals with purple-colored random spots that are slightly recurved; and good postproduction longevity.
Claim: It is claimed:

1. A new and distinct cultivar of Lily plant named `Tiny Invader`, as illustrated and described.
Description: Botanicaldesignation: Lilium hybrida.

Cultivar denomination: `Tiny Invader`.


The present Invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Asiatic Hybrid Lily plant, botanically known as Lilium hybrida, and hereinafter referred to by the name `Tiny Invader`.

The new Asiatic Hybrid Lily is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the Inventor in 't Zand, The Netherlands. The objective of the breeding program was to develop new potted Asiatic Hybrid Lily plants with erect flowers,attractive flower coloration and good postproduction longevity.

The new Asiatic Hybrid Lily originated from a cross-pollination in 1996 of an unnamed proprietary Asiatic Hybrid Lily, not patented, as the female, or seed, parent with an unnamed proprietary Asiatic Hybrid Lily, not patented, as the male, orpollen, parent. The cultivar Tiny Invader was discovered and selected by the Inventor as a flowering plant within the resultant progeny of the cross-pollination in a controlled environment in 't Zand, The Netherlands in May, 1999.

Asexual reproduction of the new Asiatic Hybrid Lily by bulb scales in a controlled environment in 't Zand, The Netherlands since November, 1999, has shown that the unique features of this new Asiatic Hybrid Lily are stable and reproduced true totype in successive generations.


The cultivar `Tiny Invader` has 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 in genotype.

The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of `Tiny Invader`. These characteristics in combination distinguish `Tiny Invader` as a new and distinct cultivar of Asiatic Hybrid Lily: 1. Small to medium plant size; vigorous growth habit. 2. Freely flowering habit. 3. Orange-colored tepals with purple-colored spots that are slightly recurved. 4. Good postproduction longevity.

Plants of the new Asiatic Hybrid Lily differ from plants of the parent selections primarily in plant height as plants of the new Asiatic Hybrid Lily are taller than plants of the parent selections.

Plants of the new Asiatic Hybrid Lily can be compared to plants of the Asiatic Hybrid Lily cultivar Orange Pixie, disclosed in U.S. Plant Pat. No. 5,792. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in 't Zand, The Netherlands, plants of the newAsiatic Hybrid Lily differed from plants of the cultivar Orange Pixie, in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Asiatic Hybrid Lily had broader leaves than plants of the cultivar Orange Pixie. 2. Plants of the new Asiatic Hybrid Lily hadlarger and flatter flowers than plants of the cultivar Orange Pixie.


The accompanying colored photograph illustrates the overall appearance of the new Asiatic Hybrid Lily, showing the colors as true as it is reasonably possible to obtain in colored reproductions of this type. Colors in the photograph may differslightly from the color values cited in the detailed botanical description which accurately describe the colors of the new Asiatic Hybrid Lily. The photograph comprises a side perspective view of a typical flowering plant of `Tiny Invader` grown in acontainer.


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. The aforementioned photograph and followingobservations and measurements describe plants that were about two months-old and grown in 't Zand, The Netherlands under commercial practice in a glass-covered greenhouse. Plants were grown at a minimum temperature of about C. and theaverage daylength was about 14 hours. Measurements and numerical values represent averages for typical flowering plants. The photograph and the description were taken during the early summer. Botanical classification: Lilium hybrida cultivar TinyInvader. Parentage: Female, or seed, parent.--Unnamed proprietary selection of Lilium L., not patented. Male, or pollen, parent.--Unnamed proprietary selection of Lilium L., not patented. Plant description: Plant form/growth habit.--Upright floweringplant; single erect flowering stem with a terminal cluster of flowers. Small to medium plant size. Vigorous growth habit. Plant height, soil level to top of flowers.--About 30 cm. Plant diameter.--About 24 cm. Flowering stems.--Diameter: About 2.7cm to 3.6 cm. Internode length: About 3 mm to 6 mm. Strength: Strong. Texture: Smooth, glabrous. Color: 143C. Leaves.--Arrangement: Alternate; simple; sessile. Quantity of leaves per plant: About 85. Length, lower leaves: About 8.3 cm. Width,lower leaves: About 1.4 cm. Length, upper leaves: About 9.2 cm. Width, upper leaves: About 1.5 cm. Shape: Lanceolate. Apex: Acute. Base: Attenuate. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Glabrous, smooth; leathery. Venation pattern:Parallel. Color: Developing and fully expanded leaves, upper surface: 143B; venation, similar to lamina. Developing and fully expanded leaves, lower surface: 143C; venation, similar to lamina. Bulbs.--Diameter: About 10 cm to 20 cm. Texture: Smooth. Color: Close to 155D. Flower description: Flowering habit.--Terminal single flowers arranged on a raceme on long, mostly erect and strong flowering stems. Flowers slightly fragrant; tepals not persistent; gynoecium persistent. Flowers face mostlyupright. Natural flowering season.--Plants flower in June and July in The Netherlands. Plants can be flowered year-round in the greenhouse and forced to bloom about 60 days after planting bulbs. Flower longevity on the plant.--About 15 to 20 days. Flower buds.--Length: About 4 cm. Diameter: About 1.8 cm. Circumference: About 8 cm. Shape: Lanceolate. Texture: Slightly pubescent. Color: 28C; sutures, 145A. Flowers.--Quantity of flowers per flowering stem: Freely flowering; larger bulbs willproduce plants with about nine flowers per flowering stem. Shape: Funnel-shaped. When fully opened, flowers flatten and reflex slightly. Diameter: About 14 cm. Depth (height): About 3.5 cm. Perianth.--Quantity/arrangement: Six tepals per flower;imbricate. Tepal length, inner tepals: About 10.7 cm. Tepal length, outer tepals: About 10.8 cm. Tepal width, inner tepals: About 4.2 cm. Tepal width, outer tepals: About 3.2 cm. Tepal shape: Lanceolate. Tepal apex: Acute. Tepal margin: Entire. Tepal texture, upper surface: Smooth, glabrous. Tepal texture, lower surface: Slightly pubescent. Tepal color: When opening, upper surface: 25A; random spots towards the base, 187A. When opening, lower surface: 25A. Fully opened, upper surface: 28A;random spots towards the base, 187A; color becoming closer to 30B with development. Fully opened, lower surface: Between and including 28A to 29A. Pedicels.--Angle: About to from vertical. Strength: Strong. Length: About 15cm. Diameter: About 4 mm. Texture: Smooth, glabrous. Color: 144B. Reproductive organs.--Stamens: Quantity per flower: Six. Filament length: About 6.6 mm. Filament color: 172B. Anther length: About 1.5 cm. Anther color: 172B. Pollen color: 171A. Pistils: Quantity per flower: One. Style length: About 6 cm. Style color: 169D. Stigma length: About 4 mm. Stigma color: 169A. Fruits: Length: About 2.4 cm. Diameter: About 1.7 cm. Color: 145B. Seed produced.--None viable. Disease/pestresistance: Resistance to pathogens and pests common to Asiatic Hybrid Lilies has not been determined.

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