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Torenia plant named `Sunrenibebu`
PP20206 Torenia plant named `Sunrenibebu`
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Inventor: Kako, et al.
Date Issued: August 4, 2009
Application: 12/157,321
Filed: June 9, 2008
Inventors: Kako; Tetsuya (Shiga, JP)
Miyazaki; Kiyoshi (Shiga, JP)
Iwaki; Kazunari (Kanagawa, JP)
Kanaya; Takeshi (Shiga, JP)
Suzuki; Kenichi (Osaka, JP)
Assignee: Suntory Flowers Ltd. (Tokyo, JP)
Primary Examiner: Para; Annette H
Assistant Examiner:
Attorney Or Agent: Whealy; C. A.
U.S. Class: PLT/487
Field Of Search: PLT/487
International Class: A01H 5/00
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Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Torenia plant named `Sunrenibebu` characterized by its compact and mounding to trailing plant habit; freely branching habit; freely flowering habit; long flowering period; light violet-colored flowers; and good garden performance.
Claim: It is claimed:

1. A new and distinct Torenia plant named `Sunrenibebu` as illustrated and described.
Description: Botanical designation: Toreniasp.

Cultivar denomination: `Sunrenibebu`.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Torenia, botanically known as Torenia sp. and hereinafter referred to by the name `Sunrenibebu`.

The new Torenia is a whole plant mutation of a proprietary selection of Torenia sp. identified as code number TH4, not patented. The new Torenia was discovered and selected by the Inventors as a single plant in a controlled greenhouseenvironment in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan in March, 2006.

Asexual reproduction of the new Torenia by vegetative cuttings in a controlled greenhouse environment in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan since October, 2006, has shown that the unique features of this new Torenia are stable and reproduced true to typein successive generations.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Plants of the new Torenia have 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, anyvariance in genotype.

The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of `Sunrenibebu`. These characteristics in combination distinguish `Sunrenibebu` as a new and distinct cultivar of Torenia: 1. Compact andmounding to trailing plant habit. 2. Freely branching habit. 3. Freely flowering habit. 4. Long flowering period. 5. Light violet-colored flowers. 6. Good garden performance.

Plants of the new Torenia differ primarily from plants of the parent selection in flower color as plants of the parent selection have darker violet-colored flowers. In addition, plants of the new Torenia are smaller than plants of the parentselection.

Plants of the new Torenia can also be compared to plants of Torenia sp. `Sunrenicopalave`, disclosed in U.S. Plant Pat. No. 17,001. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan, plants of the new Torenia and`Sunrenicopalave` differed in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Torenia were narrower than plants of `Sunrenicopalave`. 2. Plants of the new Torenia had shorter internodes than plants of `Sunrenicopalave`. 3. Plants of the newTorenia had narrower leaves than plants of `Sunrenicopalave`. 4. Plants of the new Torenia had smaller flowers than plants of `Sunrenicopalave`. 5. Plants of the new Torenia and `Sunrenicopalave` differed in flower color as plants of`Sunrenicopalave` had darker-colored flowers. 6. Plants of the new Torenia had shorter peduncles than plants of `Sunrenicopalave`.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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

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

The photograph at the bottom of the sheet is a close-up view of a typical flower, flower buds and leaves of `Sunrenibebu`.

DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

The aforementioned photographs and following observations, measurements and values describe plants grown in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan, under commercial practice during the autumn in a polyethylene-covered greenhouse with day temperatures averaging20.degree. C. and night temperatures averaging 10.degree. C. Plants had been growing for five months when the photographs and description were taken. In the following description, color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society ColourChart, 2001 Edition, except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used. Botanical classification: Torenia sp. `Sunrenibebu`. Parentage: Whole plant mutation of a proprietary selection of Torenia sp. identified as code numberTH4, not patented. Propagation: Type.--By vegetative cuttings. Time to initiate roots.--About one week at 20.degree. C. to 25.degree. C. Time to produce a rooted young plant roots.--About three to four weeks at 20.degree. C. to 25.degree. C. Rootdescription.--Fine, fibrous and fleshy; brown in color. Rooting habit.--Freely branching. Plant description: Plant form/habit.--Compact and mounded to trailing plant habit; outwardly spreading; vigorous growth habit. Freely branching habit; pinchingenhances branching; about 30 lateral branches develop per plant. Plant height.--About 16.5 cm. Plant width (spread).--About 45.4 cm. Lateral branches.--Length: About 25.5 cm. Diameter: About 1.6 mm. Internode length: About 2.8 cm. Aspect:Decumbent. Texture: Smooth, glabrous. Color: Close to N144A. Foliage description: Arrangement.--Opposite, simple. Length.--About 2.2 cm. Width.--About 1.6 cm. Shape.--Ovate. Apex.--Acute. Base.--Cordate. Margin.--Serrate. Texture, uppersurface.--Pubescent. Texture, lower surface.--Smooth, glabrous. Venation pattern.--Pinnate; reticulate. Color.--Developing and fully expanded leaves, upper surface: Close to 144A; venation, close to 145B. Developing and fully expanded leaves, lowersurface: Close to 144B; venation, close to 145B. Petiole.--Length: About 5 mm. Diameter: About 0.8 mm. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous. Color, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 145B. Flower description: Flowertype/habit.--Single flowers borne in upper leaf axils; corolla bilabiate and calyx tubular; flowers face obliquely upright. Freely flowering habit with about 64 open flowers per plant. Fragrance.--None detected. Natural flowering season.--Longflowering period; continuously flowering from early summer to late autumn in Japan. Flowers not persistent. Postproduction longevity.--Flowers last about four days on the plant. Flower buds.--Height: About 1.4 cm. Diameter: About 5 mm. Shape:Lenticular. Color: Close to N82B. Flower diameter.--About 3 cm by 2.5 cm. Flower depth.--About 3.4 cm. Throat diameter.--About 9.3 mm. Tube diameter, base.--About 3.2 mm. Tube length.--About 2.3 cm. Petals.--Quantity per flower: One upper orbanner petal, two lateral petals and one lower petal in a single whorl, fused. Upper petal: Length: About 1 cm. Width: About 1.7 cm. Shape: Elliptic. Apex: Mucronate to truncate. Margin: Entire; slightly undulating. Texture, upper and lowersurfaces: Smooth, glabrous; velvety. Color: Developing petals, upper surface: Close to 82C; towards the throat, close to 91D. Developing petals, lower surface: Close to 82C. Fully developed petals, upper surface: Close to 85C; towards the throat,close to 91D. Fully developed petals, lower surface: Close to 85C. Lateral petals: Length: About 9 mm. Width: About 1.4 cm. Shape: Elliptic. Apex: Truncate. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous; velvety. Color:Developing petals, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 82C. Fully developed petals, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 85C. Lower petal: Length: About 1 cm. Width: About 1.4 cm. Shape: Elliptic. Apex: Rounded. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper andlower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous; velvety. Color: Developing petals, upper surface: Close to 82C; towards the throat, close to 91D. Developing petals, lower surface: Close to 82C. Fully developed petals, upper surface: Close to 85C; towards thethroat, close to 91D. Fully developed petals, lower surface: Close to 85C. Throat color: Close to N82C; lines, close to N79B. Tube color: Close to N82A to N82B. Sepals.--Quantity per flower: Typically five fused into two lobes; margins winged. Calyxlength: About 1.6 cm. Calyx diameter: About 7.8 mm. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous. Color, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 145D; wings, close to 144B. Peduncles.--Length: About 1.7 cm. Diameter: About 1.1 mm. Texture:Smooth, glabrous. Color: Close to 144B. Reproductive organs.--Stamens: Quantity per flower: Typically four; two pairs of fused anthers. Filament length: About 3.1 mm to 12.4 mm. Anther shape: Ellipsoidal. Anther size: About 3.3 mm by 0.7 mm. Anthercolor: Close to 155C. Pollen amount: Scarce. Pollen color: Close to 11B. Pistils: Quantity per flower: One. Pistil length: About 2.5 cm. Stigma shape: Elliptic. Stigma color: Close to 76D. Style color: Close to 77D. Ovary color: Close to 144A. Seed/fruit.--Seed and fruit development have not been observed on plants of the new Torenia. Disease/pest resistance: Plants of the new Torenia have not been noted to be resistant to pathogens and pests common to Torenia. Garden performance: Plants ofthe new Torenia have been observed to have good garden performance and to tolerate rain, wind and temperatures from about 5.degree. C. to about 30.degree. C.

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