USO0PP23302P2

(12) United States Plant Patent

(10) Patent N0.:

Koppe (54)

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(45) Date of Patent:

Jan. 1, 2013

BEGONIA PLANT NAMED ‘GRACE’

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US. Cl. ..................................................... .. Plt./343

Latin Name

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Field of Classi?cation Search .................. .. Flt/343

Be lmiaxhiemalis

Varietal De?omin‘gtion. Grace (75)

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Inventor;

See application ?le for complete search history.

Lubbertus H, Koppes Putten (NL)

Primary Examiner * Susan McCormick Ewoldt (74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm * C. A. Whealy

(73) Assignee: Koppe Royalty B.V., Putten (NL) ( * ) Notice:

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Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 3 5

ABSTRACT

( ) A new and distinct cultivar of Begonia plant named ‘Grace’,

U.S.C. 154(b) by 30 days.

characterized by its upright, outwardly spreading and

' (21) Appl' NO" 13/134’380 (22) Filed. Jun 6, 2011

mounded plant habit; freely branching habit; dark green colored leaves; fully double ?owers with numerous tepals that are bright red in color and are held above and beyond the

foliar plane; and excellent postproduction longevity. (51)

Int. Cl. A01H 5/00

(2006.01)

2 Drawing Sheets

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Botanical designation: Begonia>
Plants of the new Begonia differ primarily from plants of the parent, ‘Bela Lilacpink’, in ?ower color as plants of ‘Bela

Cultivar denomination: ‘ GRACE’.

Lilacpink’ have dark pink-colored ?owers. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Plants of the new Begonia can be compared to plants of Begonia>
of Begonia plant, botanically known as Begonia>
9,523. In side-by-side comparisons conducted in Ermelo, The Netherlands, plants of the new Begonia differed primarily

commercially known as Elatior Begonia and hereinafter

from plants of ‘Barkos’ in leaf serration as leaves of plants of

The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar

referred to by the name ‘Grace’.

‘Barkos’ were not as serrated as leaves of plants of the new 10

The new Begonia plant is a naturally-occurring whole plant mutation of Begonia>
Begonia. In addition, plants of the new Begonia and ‘Barkos’ differed slightly in ?ower color.

US. Plant Pat. No. 20,129. The new Begonia plant was dis covered and selected by the Inventor as a single ?owering

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS

plant from within a population of plants of ‘Bela Lilacpink’ in

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a controlled greenhouse environment in Ermelo, The Nether lands in June, 2008.

Asexual reproduction of the new Begonia plant by vegeta tive cuttings taken in a controlled greenhouse environment in Ermelo, The Netherlands since July, 2008, has shown that the unique features of this new Begonia plant are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.

Begonia plant. The photograph on the ?rst sheet comprises a side perspec tive view of a typical ?owering plant of ‘Grace’ grown in a container.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION 25

The photograph on the second sheet are close up views of

the upper and lower surfaces of typical leaves (right) and upper, lateral and lower surfaces of developing and open ?owers of ‘Grace’ (left).

Plants of the new Begonia have not been observed under all

possible environmental conditions and cultural practices. The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environ mental conditions such as temperature, daylength and light

DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

intensity, without, however, any variance in genotype. The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of ‘Grace’. These characteristics in combination distinguish ‘Grace’ as a new

and distinct Begonia plant: 1. Upright, outwardly spreading and mounded plant habit. 2. Freely branching habit.

The accompanying colored photographs illustrate the over all appearance of the new Begonia plant showing the colors as true as it is reasonably possible to obtain in colored reproduc tions 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

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The aforementioned photographs and following observa tions and measurements describe plants grown during the spring in 13-cm containers in a glass-covered greenhouse in Ermelo, The Netherlands and under commercial Begonia cul tural practices. During the production of the plants, the aver age day temperature was 200 C. and the average night tem

3. Dark green-colored leaves.

perature was 180 C. Plants were twelve weeks old when the

4. Fully double ?owers with numerous tepals that are bright red in color and are held above and beyond the

photographs and description were taken. In the following

foliar plane. 5. Excellent postproduction longevity.

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description, color references are made to The Royal Horticul

tural Society Colour Chart, 2007 Edition, except where gen eral terms of ordinary dictionary signi?cance are used.

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Natural ?owering seasoniPlants begin ?owering

Botanical classi?cation: Begonia>
about six weeks after pinching; plants ?ower continu ously year round regardless of nyctoperiod, however plants ?ower earlier and more abundantly from mid February until November in the Northern Hemi

Parentage: Naturally-occurring whole plant mutation of Begonia>
sphere.

Propagation:

Flower longevityilndividual ?owers last about ten

lj1pe.iBy terminal vegetative cuttings.

days on the plant; ?owers not persistent; ?owering

lime to develop rootsiAbout 20 days at temperatures

plants have excellent postproduction longevity and

of 20° C. Time to produce a rooted young plantiAbout ?ve weeks at temperatures of 20° C.

typical maintain good substance for about six weeks under interior conditions.

In?orescence heightiAbout 13.6 cm.

Root descriptioniFine, ?brous; white to orange brown in color.

In?orescence diameteniAbout 13.4 cm. Flower budsiLength: About 1.6 cm. Diameter: About 1.1 cm to 1.4 cm. Shape: Broadly obovate, ?attened.

Rooting habitiFreely branching; medium density; plants of the new Begonia have not been observed to form tubers.

Color: Between 146D and 152D heavily tinged with between 53A and 185A.

Plant description: Plant form .iUpright, outwardly spreading and mounded plant habit, inverted triangle; freely branch

FlowersiShape: Rounded; fully double; rose-like. Diameter: About 6.8 cm. Depth (height): About 3.8 cm.

ing with good stem and stem base strength; ?owers are double and positioned above the foliar plane.

Tepals and tepaloidsiArrangement: Rosette. Quantity per ?ower: Numerous, typically about 48 per ?ower

Growth habitiModerately vigorous growth habit; suitable for 13-cm and larger containers; under opti mal environmental and cultural conditions, usually about twelve weeks are required to produce propor

in multiple whorls. Length: About 3.2 cm to 3.8 cm. Width: About 2.9 cm to 4 cm. Shape: Broadly obcor 25

tional 13-cm potted plants from cuttings; vegetative shoots are formed at basal nodes and ?owering shoots

to 53A; towards the base, close to 53B to 53C. When

are formed at upper nodes.

Plant heightiAbout 26.1 cm. Plant WldZI’LiAbOUI 34 cm. Lateral branchesiLength: About 10.6 cm. Diameter: About 9 mm. lntemode length: About 1.9 cm. Angle:

About 400 from vertical. Texture: Smooth, glabrous. Color: Close to 146B to 146C heavily tinged with close to 176C.

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tors of close to 148B. 35

site; sessile. Length: About 2.9 cm. Width: About 2.3

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Color: Developing leaves, upper surface: Close to N137C to N137D. Developing leaves, lower surface: Close to 148B. Fully expanded leaves, upper surface: Darker than between 139A and 147A; venation, close to 143A. Fully expanded leaves, lower surface: Close to 148B; venation, close to 144A. Petioles: Length:

Close to 152A to 152B.

PedicelsiLength: About 3.5 cm. Angle: Erect. Tex ture: Smooth, glabrous. Color: Between 174B and 177B.

Reproductive organsiStamens: None observed. Pis tils: If present, deformed. Stigma: Not observed. Style

Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous.

length: About 3 mm. Style color: Close to 179D.

Color, upper surface: Close to 176A. Color, lower surface: Close to 176B to 176C. Stipules: Length: About 1 cm. Width: About 5 mm. Shape: Ovate.Apex: Acute. Base: Broadly cuneate. Margin: Entire. Tex Color, upper and lower surfaces: Close to 143C.

Flower description: Flowering habitiDouble ?owers with tepals arranged in axillary compound cymes; usually eight ?owers per cyme; about 160 ?owers develop per plant; numerous cymes in ?ower simultaneously; ?owers

face upright to outwardly and are positioned above

and beyond the foliar plane.

velvety. Color, upper surface: Close to 53A to 53D marbled with close to 143A. Color, lower surface: Close to 146B; towards the margins, close to 53A. PedunclesiLength: About 8.3 cm. Angle: About 40°

from vertical. Texture: Smooth, glabrous. Color:

About 4.7 cm. Diameter: About 6 mm by 5 mm.

ture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous.

Flower bracts.4Quantity and arrangement: Two, oppo cm. Shape: Obovate. Apex: Acute. Margin: Entire. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous;

About 10.8 cm. Width: About 11.3 cm. Shape: Del

Smooth, glabrous; velvety. Texture, lower surface: Sparsely pubescent. Venation pattern: Palmate.

opening, lower surface: Close to 53B; towards the base, close to 53D. Fully opened, upper surface: Close to 46B; towards the base, close to 53C. Fully opened, lower surface: Close to 47A; towards the base, between 47B and 53D; outer petals with random sec

LeavesiArrangement: Alternate; simple. Length: toid to reniform. Apex: Acute. Base: Cordate; asym metric. Margin: Bi-serrate. Texture, upper surface:

date to obcordate. Apex: Rounded. Margin: Laciniate. Texture, upper and lower surfaces: Smooth, glabrous; velvety. Color: When opening, upper surface: Close

Ovary: Not observed. Seeds and fruitsiSeed and fruit production have not been observed.

Disease/pest resistance: Resistance to pathogens and pests 55

common to Begonia has not been observed.

Temperature tolerance: Plants of the new Begonia have been observed to tolerate high temperatures of about 35° C. and to be hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 10. It is claimed: 1. A new and distinct Begonia plant named ‘Grace’ as illustrated and described. *

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Begonia plant named 'Grace'

Jun 6, 2011 - Primary Examiner * Susan McCormick Ewoldt. (74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm * C. A. Whealy. (73) Assignee: Koppe Royalty B.V., Putten (NL). 57.

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