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Mohawk Spirit

Easter Cactus

Denomination: 'Mohawk Spirit'
Botanical Name: Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri
Applicant/Holder: Rohde's A/S
Odensevej 731, Hundslev, DK-5300
Breeder: Frank Rohde, Rohde's A/S, Kerteminde, Denmark
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2010-04-19
Application Number: 10-6939
Date Withdrawn: 2014-02-07

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Pawnee Spirit'

Summary: 'Mohawk Spirit' has a broader phylloclade than 'Pawnee Spirit'. The macule of the tepal is light blue violet to orange pink for 'Mohawk Spirit' whereas it is light blue violet for 'Pawnee Spirit'. The marginal zone of the tepal is purple for 'Mohawk Spirit' whereas it is blue pink to light blue pink for 'Pawnee Spirit'. The filament of the stamen is white for 'Mohawk Spirit' while it is pink for 'Pawnee Spirit'. 'Mohawk Spirit' has a greenish red ovary whereas 'Pawnee Spirit' has a green ovary.


PLANT: begins flowering early for a long period of time, horizontal growth habit

PHYLLOCLADE: many phylloclades of second order, short to medium length, broad, light green, very weak to weak tendency to form red margins, weak tendency to form a wing, when formed the wing is small, sparse pubescence

FLOWER BUD: 1 cm long bud has a medium to dark pink tip, 1.5 cm long bud has an acute tip
FLOWER: medium to broad
TEPAL: broad, lighter coloured macule is small to medium size, macule is light blue violet to orange pink (ranging between RHS 69C and 27D), no middle zone, border between zones is diffuse, medium to large marginal zone, marginal zone is purple (ranging between RHS N74B and N74C)
STAMEN: medium length, white filament
GYNOECIUM: white stigma, medium length style, greenish red ovary

Origin & Breeding History: 'Mohawk Spirit' originated from a cross between Hatiora varieties 'Tucana' and 'Cebemma' ('Sirius'). This cross was conducted in April 2004 in Kerteminde, Denmark as part of a breeding program with objectives to develop improved, unique flower colours. From the resulting population of seedlings, 'Mohawk Spirit' was selected in May 2008 using large bud size and large flower size as the initial selection criteria.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Mohawk Spirit' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2010/0705, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office, Angers, France. The trials were conducted by the University of Aarhus in Aarslev, Denmark, in 2011. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison table for 'Mohawk Spirit' with reference variety 'Pawnee Spirit'

Colour of tepal (RHS)

  'Mohawk Spirit' 'Pawnee Spirit'
macule ranging between 69C and 27D 69D
marginal zone ranging between N74B and N74C 73B-C

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Mohawk Spirit
Easter Cactus: 'Mohawk Spirit'

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Mohawk Spirit
Easter Cactus: 'Mohawk Spirit'

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