Amri Pikegs

Pelargonium

Denomination: 'Amri Pikegs'
Trade name: Americana Pink Mega Splash
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Basel
4058
Switzerland
Breeder: Mitchell Hanes, Goldsmith Seeds, Inc., Morgan Hill, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Canada
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2007-12-24
Application Number: 07-6103
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-01-11
Certificate Number: 3725
Date rights surrendered: 2017-01-11

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'KLEPS06126' (Moonlight Lavender Kiss) and 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo' (Americana Light Pink Splash II)

Summary: 'Amri Pikegs' has plants with wider foliage than the reference varieties. 'Amri Pikegs' has single florets, whereas the reference variety 'KLEPS06126' has semi-double florets. The lower petal of 'Amri Pikegs' is wider than the lower petal of either reference variety. 'Amri Pikegs' has a very large purple red spot on the upper and lower petals, while 'KLEPS06126' and 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo' have much smaller markings on the petals.

Description:

PLANT: intermediate growth habit, short to medium height , medium width, medium number to many branches
STEM: green, medium thickness, dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: short to medium length, narrow, open base
LEAF MARGIN: crenate, strong lobing, medium incisions, weak waviness
UPPER SIDE OF BLADE: medium green, dense pubescence, no variegation
LEAF ZONE: absent
PETIOLE: short, dense pubescence

INFLORESCENCE: pink colour group, small to medium diameter
PEDUNCLE: short, dense pubescence, very weak to weak anthocyanin colouration
FLORET: single, medium diameter, narrow elliptic bud, entire petal margin, overlapping petals
UPPER PETAL: medium width, upper side light blue violet with very large purple red spot, medium size white basal zone, lower side blue pink
LOWER PETAL: medium width, upper side light blue violet with large purple red spot, small white basal zone, lower side blue pink
PEDICEL: short to medium length, dense pubescence, light red in middle third, no swelling
SEPAL: dense pubescence, green with red at base

Origin & Breeding History: 'Amri Pikegs' was bred and developed in Gilroy, California, as part of a planned breeding program. The new variety originated from a hyrbid cross made in March 2005. The female parent was '9754-1', a proprietary line with pink speckled flowers, and the male parent was 10071-2, a proprietary line with white speckled flowers. The resultant seed was sown in a greenhouse in August 2005. In November 2005, a single plant from the progeny was selected based on flower colour, quality and plant habit.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Amri Pikegs' were conducted in a polyhouse in St. Thomas, Ontario, during the summer of 2008. The trials consisted of 15 plants of each variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings, transplanted into 15 cm pots on May 20, 2008. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 19, 2008. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.


Comparison tables for 'Amri Pikegs' with reference varieties 'KLEPS06126' and 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo'

Width of foliage (cm)

  'Amri Pikegs' 'KLEPS06126' 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo'
mean 29.1 20.2 23.9
std. deviation 2.07 1.93 1.47

Colour of upper petal (RHS)

  'Amri Pikegs' 'KLEPS06126' 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo'
margin - upper side 69C with tones of N66D more pink than N74D 69B with faint N74D tones
spot - upper side N57A and 46B more red than N57A N66A
lower side lighter than N66D 75B and white 75C and white

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Amri Pikegs' 'KLEPS06126' 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo'
margin - upper side 69C with tones of N66D more pink than N74D 69B with faint N74D tones
spot - upper side N57A and 46B more red than N57A more red than N57A
lower side lighter than N66D more pink than N74D 73B

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Pelargonium: 'Amri Pikegs' (left) with reference varieties 'KLEPS06126' (centre) and 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo' (right)

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Pelargonium: 'Amri Pikegs' (left) with reference varieties 'KLEPS06126' (centre) and 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo' (right)

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Pelargonium: 'Amri Pikegs' (left) with reference varieties 'KLEPS06126' (centre) and 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo' (right)

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