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Celosia plant named `Zancelor`
PP19299 Celosia plant named `Zancelor`
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Inventor: Beers
Date Issued: October 7, 2008
Application: 11/881,792
Filed: July 27, 2007
Inventors: Beers; Martinus Petrus (Hoofddorp, NL)
Assignee: Chrysanthemum Breeders Association Research B.V. (Rijsenhout, NL)
Primary Examiner: Bell; Kent L.
Assistant Examiner: Hwu; June
Attorney Or Agent: Whealy; C. A.
U.S. Class: PLT/263.1
Field Of Search: PLT/263.1
International Class: A01H 5/00
U.S Patent Documents:
Foreign Patent Documents:
Other References: Upov-rom Plant Variety Database 2007/06 GTI Jouve Retrieval Software, Citation for Celosia `Zancelor` one page. cited by examiner.









Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Celosia plant named `Zancelor`, characterized by its upright and compact plant habit; freely branching habit; freely flowering habit; orange-colored flowers arranged on dense plume-like spikes; and good garden performance.
Claim: It is claimed:

1. A new and distinct Celosia plant named `Zancelor` as illustrated and described.
Description: Botanical designation: Celosiaargentea.

Cultivar denomination: `Zancelor`.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Celosia, botanically known as Celosia argentea and hereinafter referred to by the name `Zancelor`.

The new Celosia is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the Inventor in Hillegom, The Netherlands. The objective of the breeding program is to create new uniform and compact Celosia cultivars with attractive flower coloration.

The new Celosia originated from a self-pollination made by the Inventor in 2000 in Hillegom, The Netherlands of a proprietary selection of Celosia hybrida identified as code number 00014-2, not patented. The new Celosia was discovered andselected by the Inventor as a single flowering plant within the progeny of the stated self-pollination in a controlled environment in Hillegom, The Netherlands in 2001.

Asexual reproduction of the new Celosia by cuttings in a controlled environment in Rijsenhout, The Netherlands since 2001, has shown that the unique features of this new Celosia are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The cultivar Zancelor has not been observed under all possible environmental conditions. The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment and cultural practices such as temperature and light intensity without, however, any variancein genotype.

The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of `Zancelor`. These characteristics in combination distinguish `Zancelor` as a new and distinct cultivar of Celosia: 1. Upright and compactplant habit. 2. Freely branching habit. 3. Freely flowering habit. 4. Orange-colored flowers arranged on plume-like spikes. 5. Good garden performance.

Plants of the new Celosia differ from plants of the parent selection primarily in flower color and plant uniformity.

Plants of the new Celosia can be compared to plants of the cultivar Icecream Orange, not patented. Plants of the new Celosia and the cultivar Icecream Orange differ primarily in flower color as plants of the new Celosia had darker orange-coloredflowers than plants of the cultivar Icecream Orange.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS

The accompanying colored photographs illustrate the overall appearance of the new Celosia, 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 Celosia.

The photograph on the first sheet comprises a side perspective view of a typical flowering plant of `Zancelor` grown in a container.

The photograph on the second sheet is a close-up view of typical leaves and inflorescences of `Zancelor`.

DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

The aforementioned photograph and following observations, measurements and values describe plants grown during the autumn in Rijsenhout, The Netherlands in containers and under commercial practice in a glass-covered greenhouse with day and nighttemperatures ranging from 20.degree. C. to 22.degree. C. Plants were pinched one time. Plants had been growing for about four months when the photographs and description were taken. In the following description, color references are made to The RoyalHorticultural Society Colour Chart, 2001 Edition, except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used. Botanical classification: Celosia argentea cultivar Zancelor. Parentage: Self-pollination of a proprietary selection of Celosiaargentea identified as code number 00014-2, not patented. Propagation: Type.--By cuttings. Time to initiate and develop roots.--About 9 to 14 days. Root description.--Fine, fibrous; greyed brown, 199D, in color. Rooting habit.--Freely branching;dense. Plant description: Plant form/habit.--Herbaceous annual typically grown as a potted plant. Upright and compact plant habit; narrow inverted triangle. Freely branching habit; about four to five lateral branches per plant developed when pinched. Moderate vigor. Plant height.--About 30 cm. Plant width (spread).--About 19 cm. Lateral branches.--Length: About 28 cm. Diameter: About 3 mm to 4 mm. Internode length: About 2 cm to 3 cm. Texture: Smooth, glabrous. Color: 199C; towards the base,50A. Foliage description: Arrangement.--Alternate; simple. Length.--About 5 cm to 14 cm. Width.--About 1.5 cm to 6 cm. Shape.--Elliptic to lanceolate. Apex.--Apiculate. Base.--Attenuate. Margin.--Entire. Texture, upper and lowersurfaces.--Smooth, glabrous. Venation pattern.--Pinnate. Color.--Developing leaves, upper surface: Close to 143B. Developing leaves, lower surface: 134B. Fully expanded leaves, upper surface: 138A; random sectors and spots, N170B; venation, 159C. Fully expanded leaves, lower surface: 143A; venation, 143C. Petiole length.--About 1.5 cm to 2 cm. Petiole diameter.--About 3 mm. Petiole texture, upper and lower surfaces.--Smooth, glabrous. Petiole color, upper surface.--159C. Petiole color, lowersurface.--143C. Flower description: Flower type/habit.--Single tubular flowers arranged in terminal plume-like spikes; flowers face mostly upright. Freely flowering habit, about 1,000 flowers per inflorescence; inflorescences dense. Fragrance.--Nonedetected. Natural flowering season.--Continuously flowering during the summer in The Netherlands. Flowers persistent. Postproduction longevity.--Inflorescences last about two to three months on the plant. Inflorescence height.--About 5 cm to 6 cm. Inflorescence diameter.--About 2.5 cm to 3 cm. Flower diameter.--About 2 mm. Flower depth.--About 8 mm. Petals.--None observed. Sepals.--Quantity per flowers: Typically ten. Length: About 2 mm to 3 mm. Width: About 1 mm. Shape: Lanceolate. Apex:Apiculate. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous. Color: When opening and fully opened, upper surface: N30D. When opening and fully opened lower surface: 11C. Pedicels.--Length: About 1 mm to 5 mm. Diameter: About 1 mmto 1.5 mm. Angle: About 30.degree. from vertical. Strength: Weak; flexible. Texture: Smooth, glabrous. Color: 11C. Reproductive organs.--Stamens: Quantity per flower: Typically five. Anther color: Close to 160A. Anther shape: Elliptic. Antherlength: About 1 mm. Pollen amount: Scarce. Pollen color: Close to 13A. Pistils: Quantity per flower: One. Stigma color: Close to 154D. Style length: About 8 mm. Style color: Close to 154C. Ovary color: Close to 145D. Seeds.--Length: About 1 mm. Diameter: About 1 mm. Color: 202A. Disease/pest resistance: Plants of the new Celosia have not been noted to be resistant to pathogens and pests common to Celosia. Garden performance: Plants of the new Celosia have been observed to have good gardenperformance and tolerate rain, wind and temperatures ranging from about 5.degree. C. to 35.degree. C.

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