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Pelargonium plant named `KLEPZO7200`
PP19810 Pelargonium plant named `KLEPZO7200`
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Inventor: Klemm
Date Issued: March 10, 2009
Application: 12/077,269
Filed: March 18, 2008
Inventors: Klemm; Nils (Stuttgart, DE)
Assignee: Klemm+Sohn GmbH & Co. KG (Stuttgart, DE)
Primary Examiner: Para; Annette H
Assistant Examiner:
Attorney Or Agent: Jondle & Associates, P.C.
U.S. Class: PLT/329
Field Of Search: PLT/329
International Class: A01H 5/00
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Abstract: A new Pelargonium plant particularly distinguished by a good compact growth habit that is ideal for pot plants, early flowering, dark green foliage, brilliant purple-red flower color, and good tolerance to weather conditions, is disclosed.
Claim: I claim:

1. A new and distinct cultivar of Pelargonium plant as shown and described herein.
Description: Genus and species: Pelargonium zonale.

Variety denomination: `KLEPZ07200`.

BACKGROUND OF THE NEW PLANT

The present invention comprises a new and distinct cultivar of Pelagonium, botanically known as Pelargonium zonale, and hereinafter referred to by the cultivar name `KLEPZ07200`. The new cultivar originated from a hybridization made in July of2003 in Stuttgart, Germany. The female parent was the Pelargonium plant `KLEP01012` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 13,743), while the male parent was the proprietary Pelagonium plant `Z 21 222` (unpatented).

The new cultivar was first propagated in July 2004 in Stuttgart, Germany and has been asexually reproduced by vegetative cuttings in Stuttgart, Germany over seven generations. The present invention has been found to retain its distinctivecharacteristics through successive asexual propagations.

Plant Breeder's Rights for this cultivar were applied for in Switzerland on Jul. 6, 2007 and in Canada on Apr. 5, 2007. `KLEPZ07200` has not been made publicly available more than one year prior to filing of this application.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The following are the most outstanding and distinguishing characteristics of this new cultivar when grown under normal horticultural practices in a greenhouse in Stuttgart, Germany. 1. Good compact growth habit that is ideal for pot plants; 2. Early flowering; 3. Dark green foliage; 4. Brilliant purple-red flower color; and 5. Good tolerance to weather conditions.

DESCRIPTION OF PHOTOGRAPH

This new Pelargonium plant is illustrated by the accompanying photograph which shows overall plant habit including blooms, buds, and foliage of the plant; the colors shown are as true as can be reasonably obtained by conventional photographicprocedures. The photograph is of a plant about three months old, grown in a greenhouse (glasshouse) in Stuttgart, Germany, in January to April 2008.

DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW CULTIVAR

The following detailed descriptions set forth the distinctive characteristics of `KLEPZ07200`. The data which defines these characteristics were collected from asexual reproductions carried out in Stuttgart, Germany. The plant history was takenon three month old plants which were planted as rooted cuttings in 12-cm pots in January to April 2008, and then grown in a greenhouse with covered glass. Color readings were taken under natural light in the greenhouse. Color references are primarilyto the R.H.S. Colour Chart of The Royal Horticultural Society of London (R.H.S.) (2001).

DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW PLANT

Classification: Family.--Geraniacaea. Species.--Pelargonium zonale. Common name.--Pelargonium (Geranium). Parents: Female.--Purple flowered Pelargonium plant `KLEP0101` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 13,743). Male.--Proprietary Pelagonium plant `Z21 222` (unpatented). Plant: Habit.--Upright. Height.--22 cm to 26 cm. Spread.--22 cm to 24 cm. Life cycle.--Spring, summer to autumn. Form.--Rounded, bushy. Time to produce a rooted cutting.--18 to 20 days. Time to bloom frompropagation.--Approximately 85 days. Lastingness of inflorescence on the plant.--12 to 22 days. Stems: Stem color.--RHS 138A. Pubescence.--Present. Stem form.--Round. Diameter.--0.6 cm to 1.5 cm. Length.--Moderate. Internode length.--0.8 cm to 1.2cm. Leaves: Arrangement.--Alternate. Shape.--Typical of geranium, kidney shaped. Apex.--Round. Base.--Open. Margin.--Crenate. Surface (both surfaces).--Dull. Length.--5.0 cm. Width.--8.0 cm. Color.--Upper surface: RHS 137A. Lower surface: RHS137D. Surface pubescence (both surfaces).--Present, short. Petiole.--Length: 6 cm. Color: RHS 138A. Venation pattern.--Palmate. Venation color (both surfaces).--RHS 137D. Inflorescence: Flowering habit.--Continuous. Umbels.--Length: 10 cm. Diameter: 8 cm to 10 cm. Individual florets of the umbel: Depth: 1 cm to 2 cm. Diameter 4 cm. Flower buds.--Cluster shape: Umbelliferous. Bud shape: Elliptical. Bud apex: Acute. Bud base: Truncate. Bud margin: Entire, smooth. Color: RHS 137D. Petals.--Quantity per flower: 6 to 7. Shape: Rounded. Apex: Rounded. Base: Attenuate. Margin: Entire. Length: 2.4 cm. Width: 2.0 cm. Color: Upper lobes: RHS 74A. Lower lobes: RHS 74C. Fragrance.--Absent. Sepals.--Number per flower: 5. Shape:Elliptical. Apex: Acute. Base: Obtuse. Margin: Entire. Color (both surfaces): RHS 137C. Length: 0.8 cm to 1.0 cm. Width: 0.4 cm to 0.6 cm. Pedicel.--Length: 2.5 cm. Diameter 0.15 cm. Color: RHS 137D and RHS 60B. Peduncle.--Length: 12 cm to 16cm. Diameter: 0.5 cm. Color: RHS 137D. Reproductive organs: Stamens.--Anther length: 0.3 cm. Filament length: 0.6 cm. Filament color: RHS 155D. Pollen amount: Moderate. Pollen color: RHS 33A. Pistils.--Number: 1. Stigma color: RHS 74C. Stylelength: 0.5 cm. Style color: RHS 155C. Ovary arrangement: Club-shaped. Fruit and seed set: No seed set observed. Disease and insect resistance: No particular resistance or susceptibility has been observed.

COMPARISON WITH PARENTAL AND COMMERCIAL CULTIVARS

`KLEPZ07200` differs from the female parent `KLEP01012` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 13,743) by having a red-purple flower color, while `KLEP01012` has purple and light pink bi-colored flowers.

`KLEPZ07200` differs from the male parent `Z 21 222` (unpatented), by having a compact growth habit, while `Z 21 222` has a strong growth habit.

`KLEPZ07200` differs from the commercial cultivar `Arcona 2000` (unpatented, also known as `KLECONA` in U.S. application Ser. No. 09/250,015, now abandoned) by having a more compact growth habit and dark green leaves, while `Arcona 2000` has amedium growth habit with medium-green leaves.

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