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Chrysanthemum plant named `Amora Pink`
PP23467 Chrysanthemum plant named `Amora Pink`
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Inventor: Pieters
Date Issued: March 12, 2013
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Primary Examiner: Hwu; June
Assistant Examiner:
Attorney Or Agent: Whealy; C. A.
U.S. Class: PLT/287
Field Of Search: PLT/287; PLT/291; PLT/292
International Class: A01H 5/00
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Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Chrysanthemum plant named `Amora Pink`, characterized by its uniform, upright, outwardly spreading and rounded plant habit; moderately vigorous growth habit; freely branching habit; dense and full plant habit; uniform and freely flowering habit; decorative-type inflorescences with ray florets that are initially dark purple becoming lighter purple with development; and excellent garden performance.
Claim: It is claimed:

1. A new and distinct Chrysanthemum plant named `Amora Pink` as illustrated and described.
Description: Botanical designation:Chrysanthemum.times.morifolium.

Cultivar denomination: `AMORA PINK`.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Chrysanthemum plant, botanically known as Chrysanthemum.times.morifolium, and hereinafter referred to by the name `Amora Pink`.

The new Chrysanthemum plant is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the Inventor in Oostnieuwkerke, Belgium. The objective of the breeding program is to create new freely flowering Chrysanthemum plants with unique and attractiveray floret coloration.

The new Chrysanthemum plant originated from a cross-pollination made by the Inventor in Oostnieuwkerke, Belgium in September, 2004 of Chrysanthemum.times.morifolium `Contessa`, not patented, as the female, or seed, parent withChrysanthemum.times.morifolium `Jogger Happy`, not patented. The new Chrysanthemum plant was discovered and selected by the Inventor as a flowering plant from within the progeny of the stated cross-pollination in a controlled greenhouse environment inOostnieuwkerke, Belgium in September, 2005.

Asexual reproduction of the new Chrysanthemum plant by vegetative cuttings was first conducted in a controlled greenhouse environment in Oostnieuwkerke, Belgium in January, 2006. Asexual reproduction by cuttings has shown that the uniquefeatures of this new Chrysanthemum plant are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Plants of the new Chrysanthemum have not been observed under all possible environmental conditions and cultural conditions. The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment such as temperature, daylength 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 `Amora Pink`. These characteristics in combination distinguish `Amora Pink` as a new and distinct Chrysanthemum plant: 1. Uniform,upright, outwardly spreading and rounded plant habit; moderately vigorous growth habit. 2. Freely branching habit; dense and full plant habit. 3. Uniform and freely flowering habit. 4. Decorative-type inflorescences with ray florets that areinitially dark purple becoming lighter purple with development. 5. Excellent garden performance.

Plants of the new Chrysanthemum differ primarily from the female parent, `Contessa`, in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Chrysanthemum flower earlier than plants of `Contessa`. 2. Plants of the new Chrysanthemum have largerinflorescences than plants of `Contessa`. 3. Plants of the new Chrysanthemum and `Contessa` differ in ray floret color.

Plants of the new Chrysanthemum differ primarily from the male parent, `Jogger Happy`, in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Chrysanthemum flower later than plants of `Jogger Happy`. 2. Plants of the new Chrysanthemum havelarger inflorescences than plants of `Jogger Happy`. 3. Plants of the new Chrysanthemum and `Jogger Happy` differ in ray floret color.

Plants of the new Chrysanthemum can also be compared to plants of Chrysanthemum.times.morifolium `Yomarjorie`, disclosed in U.S. Plant Pat. No. 13,820. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Oostnieuwkerke, Belgium, plants of the newChrysanthemum differed from plants of `Yomarjorie` in the following characteristics: 1. Plants of the new Chrysanthemum were more rounded than and not as upright as plants of `Yomarjorie`. 2. Plants of the new Chrysanthemum were flexible and notbrittle like plants of `Yomarjorie`. 3. Plants of the new Chrysanthemum had smaller leaves than plants of `Yomarjorie`.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PHOTOGRAPH

The accompanying photograph illustrates the overall appearance of the new Chrysanthemum plant showing the colors as true as it is reasonably possible to obtain in colored reproductions of this type. Colors in the photograph may differ slightlyfrom the color values cited in the detailed botanical description which accurately describe the colors of the new Chrysanthemum plant. The photograph comprises a side perspective view of a typical flowering plant of `Amora Pink` grown in a container.

DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

The aforementioned photograph and following observations and measurements describe plants grown in 19-cm containers in an outdoor nursery in Oostnieuwkerke, Belgium during the summer and autumn and under conditions and practices whichapproximate those generally used in commercial Chrysanthemum production. During the production of the plants, day temperatures ranged from 25.degree. C. to 30.degree. C. and night temperatures ranged from 15.degree. C. to 20.degree. C. Plants were20 weeks old when the photograph and description were taken. In the following description, color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart, 2005 Edition, except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used. Botanical classification: Chrysanthemum.times.morifolium `Amora Pink`. Parentage: Female, or seed, parent.--Chrysanthemum.times.morifolium `Contessa`, not patented. Male, or pollen, parent.--Chrysanthemum.times.morifolium `Jogger Happy`, not patented. Propagation: Type.--Terminal vegetative cuttings. Time to initiate roots, summer.--About 14 days at temperatures of about 20.degree. C. Time to initiate roots, winter.--About 20 days at temperatures of about 20.degree. C. Time to produce a rootedyoung plant, summer.--About 30 days at temperatures of about 20.degree. C. Time to produce a rooted young plant, winter.--About 40 days at temperatures of about 20.degree. C. Root description.--Fine, fibrous; light brown in color. Rootinghabit.--Freely branching; medium density. Plant description: Appearance.--Perennial decorative-type Chrysanthemum; stems upright and outwardly spreading giving a uniformly rounded appearance to the plant; very freely branching habit, about 25 to 30primary lateral branches develop, each primary lateral branch with multiple secondary branches; pinching enhances lateral branch development; dense and full plant habit; moderately vigorous growth habit; plants flexible, not brittle. Plantheight.--About 35 cm. Plant width.--About 50 cm. Lateral branches.--Length: About 20 cm to 25 cm. Diameter: About 2 mm to 3 mm. Internode length: About 2 cm. Strength: Strong. Texture: Pubescent; longitudinally ridged. Color: Close to 137A. Leaves.--Arrangement: Alternate, simple. Length: About 2.5 cm to 4 cm. Width: About 1.5 cm to 2 cm. Apex: Rounded to cuspidate. Base: Attenuate. Margin: Palmately lobed and serrate, sinuses between lateral lobes divergent to parallel. Texture,upper and lower surfaces: Slightly pubescent. Color: Developing leaves, upper surface: Close to 137C. Developing leaves, lower surface: Close to 137D. Fully expanded leaves, upper surface: Close to 137A; venation, close to 148C. Fully expandedleaves, lower surface: Close to 137C; venation, close to 147B to 147C. Petiole: Length: About 1 cm. Diameter: About 2 mm. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Slightly pubescent and rough. Color, upper surface: Close to 137C. Color, lower surface:Close to 137D. Inflorescence description: Appearance.--Decorative inflorescence form; inflorescences borne on terminals above foliar plane; disc and ray florets arranged acropetally on a capitulum. Fragrance.--Faintly fragrant, pungent. Floweringresponse.--Under natural season conditions, plants flower in early October in Belgium; flowering response time, about six weeks. Postproduction longevity.--Inflorescences maintain good color and substance for about six weeks in an outdoor nursery;inflorescences persistent. Quantity of inflorescences.--About 30 inflorescences develop per lateral branch. Inflorescence bud.--Height: About 5 mm to 7 mm. Diameter: About 8 mm to 10 mm. Shape: Globular. Color: Close to 137C. Inflorescencesize.--Diameter: About 4 cm. Depth (height): About 3 cm. Disc diameter: About 3 mm. Receptacle diameter: About 3 mm. Receptacle height: About 2.5 mm to 3 mm. Receptacle color: Close to 144B. Ray florets.--Length: About 3.5 cm to 4.5 cm. Width:About 5 mm to 7 mm. Shape: Oval. Apex: Rounded. Base: Attenuate. Margin: Entire. Aspect: Mostly flat. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous. Number of ray florets per inflorescence: About 150 to 200 arranged in about ten whorls. Color: When opening, upper surface: Close to N79C. When opening, lower surface: Close to N71A. Fully opened, upper surface: Close to 70B; color becoming closer to 75C with development. Fully opened, lower surface: Close to 75C; color becoming closerto 69C with development. Disc florets.--Length: About 3 mm. Diameter: About 0.5 mm to 1 mm. Shape: Tubular, elongated; apices acute. Number of disc florets per inflorescence: About 20 massed at the center of the inflorescence. Color, immature: Closeto 145A. Color, mature: Close to 12A. Phyllaries.--Number of phyllaries per inflorescence: About 25 arranged in two or three whorls. Length: About 4 mm to 6 mm. Width: About 2 mm to 3 mm. Shape: Ovate. Apex: Rounded. Base: Rounded to truncate. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous. Color, upper surface: Close to 137A. Color, lower surface: Close to N137B. Peduncles.--Length, terminal peduncle: About 5 cm. Length, fourth peduncle: About 5 cm. Length, seventhpeduncle: About 5 cm. Diameter: About 3 mm. Angle: About 30.degree. from vertical. Strength: Moderately strong. Texture: Slightly pubescent. Color: Close to 137C. Reproductive organs.--Androecium: Not observed. Gynoecium: Not observed. Seed/fruit.--Seed and fruit production have not been observed. Disease/pest resistance: Resistance to pathogens and pests common to Chrysanthemums has not been observed on plants grown under commercial conditions. Garden performance: Plants of the newChrysanthemum have demonstrated excellent garden performance and will tolerate temperatures ranging from about 0.degree. C. to about 45.degree. C.

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