Sutera plant named ‘Danova906’
A new and distinct cultivar of Sutera plant named ‘Danova906’, characterized by its outwardly spreading and low mounding plant habit; vigorous growth habit; freely branching habit; early and continuous flowering habit; large white-colored flowers; and good garden performance.
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Botanical designation: Sutera hybrida.
Cultivar denomination: ‘Danova906’.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present Invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Sutera plant, botanically known as Sutera hybrida, and hereinafter referred to by the cultivar name ‘Danova906’.
The new Sutera is a product of a planned breeding program conducted in Moshav Mishmar Hashiva, Israel. The objective of the breeding program is to develop new uniform Sutera cultivars with large and numerous flowers.
The new Sutera originated from an open-pollination in November, 2001 of a proprietary selection of Sutera hybrida identified as code number BA-1-4, not patented, as the female, or seed, parent with an unidentified selection of Sutera hybrida, as the male, or pollen, parent. The cultivar Danova906 was discovered and selected by the Inventor as a flowering plant within the progeny from the aforementioned open-pollination in a controlled environment in Moshav Mishmar Hashiva, Israel in May, 2002.
Asexual reproduction of the new cultivar by terminal cuttings in Moshav Mishmar Hashiva, Israel since June, 2002, has shown that the unique features of this new Sutera are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Plants of the cultivar Danova906 have 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 ‘Danova906’. These characteristics in combination distinguish ‘Danova906’ as a new and distinct cultivar of Sutera:
- 1. Outwardly spreading and low mounding plant habit.
- 2. Vigorous growth habit.
- 3. Freely branching habit.
- 4. Early and continuous flowering habit.
- 5. Large white-colored flowers.
- 6. Good garden performance.
Compared to plants of the female parent selection, plants of the new Sutera flower earlier and have larger flowers.
Plants of the new Sutera can be compared to plants of the Sutera hispida cultivar Dancoplace, disclosed in U.S. Plant Pat. No. 14,458. In side-by-side comparisons, plants of the new Sutera differed from plants of the cultivar Dancoplace in the following characteristics:
- 1. Plants of the new Sutera flowered earlier than plants of the cultivar Dancoplace.
- 2. Plants of the new Sutera had larger flowers than plants of the cultivar Dancoplace.
The accompanying colored photographs illustrate the overall appearance of the new cultivar, showing the colors as true as it is reasonably possible to obtain in colored reproductions of this type. Colors in the photographs may differ slightly from the color values cited in the detailed botanical description which accurately describe the colors of the new Sutera.
The photograph at the bottom of the sheet comprises a side perspective view of a typical flowering plant of ‘Danova906’ grown in a container.
The photograph at the top of the sheet comprises a close-up view of typical flowers and leaves of ‘Danova906’.
The aforementioned photographs and following observations and measurements describe plants grown in Bonsall, Calif., in an outdoor nursery during the summer with day temperatures ranging from 18° C. to 35° C. and night temperatures ranging from 13° C. to 18° C. Plants were grown in 15-cm containers and were about three months old. Color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart, 1995 Edition, except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used.
- Botanical classification: Sutera hybrida cultivar Danova906.
- Female, or seed, parent.—Proprietary selection of Sutera hybrida identified as code number BA-1-4, not patented.
- Male, or pollen, parent.—An unidentified selection of Sutera hybrida, not patented.
- Type cutting.—Terminal vegetative cuttings.
- Time to initiate roots, summer.—About seven days at 24° C.
- Time to initiate roots, winter.—About ten days at 18° C.
- Time to produce a rooted young plant, summer.—About 15 days at 24° C.
- Time to produce a rooted young plant, winter.—About 18 days at 18° C.
- Root description.—Fine, fibrous; white in color.
- Rooting habit.—Freely branching; dense.
- Plant description:
- Form.—Outwardly spreading and low mounding plant habit. Freely and continuously branching with about nine primary lateral branches each with about six secondary lateral branches. Vigorous growth habit.
- Plant height.—About 9 cm.
- Plant diameter.—About 70 cm.
- Lateral branches.—Length: About 44 cm. Diameter: About 2.5 mm. Internode length: About 1.8 cm. Texture: Pubescent; minute. Strength: Strong. Color: 146A.
- Foliage description.—Arrangement: Opposite; simple. Length: About 2.4 cm. Width: About 2.8 cm. Shape: Broadly elliptic to nearly deltoid. Apex: Acute. Base: Truncate to attenuate. Margin: Irregularly serrated. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Pubescent; minute. Venation pattern: Pinnate, arcuate. Color: Developing foliage, upper surface: 146A. Developing foliage, lower surface: 146B. Fully expanded foliage, upper surface: 147A; venation, 146B. Fully expanded foliage, lower surface: 147B; venation, 146C. Petiole length: About 8 mm. Petiole diameter: About 2 mm. Petiole texture, upper and lower surfaces: Sparsely pubescent. Petiole color, upper and lower surfaces: 147B.
- Flower description:
- Flower type and habit.—Solitary axillary flowers; salverform; slender corolla tubes flare abruptly into five rounded lobes. Flowers persistent. Very freely flowering; typically about 42 flower buds and open flowers per lateral branch. Flowers face mostly upward or outward. Flowers persistent.
- Natural flowering season.—Plants typically flower from spring until fall; flowering continuous during this period.
- Flower longevity on the plant.—About five to seven days.
- Fragrance.—None detected.
- Flower diameter.—About 1.8 cm.
- Flower depth.—About 1.3 cm.
- Flower buds.—Length: About 1 cm. Diameter: About 6 mm. Shape: Obovate. Color: 155D.
- Corolla.—Quantity/arrangement: Five fused petals; slender corolla tube flaring abruptly into five rounded lobes. Petal lobe length from throat: About 5 mm. Petal lobe width: About 5 mm. Petal lobe shape: Roughly spatulate. Petal lobe apex: Rounded. Petal lobe margin: Entire. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous. Color: When opening, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 155D. Fully opened, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 155D. Flower throat (inside): 21A. Flower tube (outside): 19A.
- Sepals.—Arrangement/appearance: Single whorl of five sepals fused at base; star-shaped calyx. Length: About 5 mm. Width: About 1 mm. Shape: Narrow, linear. Apex: Acute. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Pubescent, minute; slightly rough. Color, upper surface: 146A. Color, lower surface: 146B.
- Peduncles.—Length: About 8 mm. Width: Less than 1 mm. Angle: About 30° from the stem. Strength: Strong. Texture: Pubescent; minute. Color: 146C.
- Reproductive organs.—Stamens: Quantity per flower: Four. Anther shape: Oval. Anther length: About 1.5 mm. Anther color: 17A. Pollen amount: Scarce. Pollen color: 15A. Pistils: Quantity per flower: One. Pistil length: About 1 cm. Style length: About 8 mm. Style color: 145C to 145D. Stigma shape: Round. Stigma color: 146B. Ovary color: 146A.
- Seed/fruit.—Seed and fruit production has not been observed.
- Disease/pest resistance: Plants of the new Sutera have not been noted to be resistant to pathogens or pests common to Sutera.
- Garden performance: Plants of the new Sutera have been observed to have good garden performance. Plants of the new Sutera tolerate temperatures from about 2° C. to 38° C. and to tolerate wind and rain.
1. A new and distinct cultivar of Sutera plant named ‘Danova906’, as illustrated and described.
Filed: Feb 7, 2006
Date of Patent: Jul 31, 2007
Assignee: Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm (Post Beit Dagan, IL)
Inventor: Gabriel Danziger (Moshav Nir Zvi)
Primary Examiner: Kent Bell
Assistant Examiner: Annette H Para
Attorney: C. A. Whealy
Application Number: 11/349,692
International Classification: A01H 5/00 (20060101);