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Pawnee Spirit

Easter Cactus

Denomination: 'Pawnee 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: 2010-06-02
Application Number: 10-6996
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-02-07
Certificate Number: 4707
Date rights surrendered: 2017-02-07

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Gemini'

Summary: The phylloclade of 'Pawnee Spirit' has a weaker tendency to form red margins than that of 'Gemini'. 'Pawnee Spirit' has a stronger intensity of colour on the tip of a 1 cm long flower bud than 'Gemini'. The size of the lighter coloured macule of the tepal is small for 'Pawnee Spirit' whereas it is absent or very small for 'Gemini'. The tepals of 'Pawnee Spirit' have a smaller marginal zone than those of 'Gemini'. The marginal zone of the tepals of 'Pawnee Spirit' are blue pink to light blue pink whereas those of 'Gemini' have a marginal zone that is light blue pink.


PLANT: begins flowering mid-season for a medium to long period of time, horizontal to pendulous growth habit

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

FLOWER BUD: 1 cm long bud has a medium pink tip, 1.5 cm bud has an acute tip
FLOWER: medium width
TEPAL: medium to broad, lighter coloured macule is small, macule is light blue violet (RHS 69D), no middle zone, border between zones is diffuse, large marginal zone, marginal zone is blue pink to light blue pink (ranging between RHS 73B and 73C)
STAMEN: short to medium length, pink or purple filament
GYNOECIUM: white stigma, short to medium length style, green ovary

Origin & Breeding History: 'Pawnee Spirit' originated from a cross between un-named, proprietary Hatiora seedlings designated '7325A' and '7447B'. 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, 'Pawnee Spirit' was selected in the spring of 2009 using large bud size and large flower size as the initial selection criteria.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Pawnee Spirit' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2009/1492, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office, Angers, France. The trials were conducted by the University of Aarhus in Aarslev, Denmark, in 2010. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

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

Colour of tepal (RHS)

  'Pawnee Spirit' 'Gemini'
marginal zone ranging between 73B and 73C ranging between 73C and 73D

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Pawnee Spirit
Easter Cactus: 'Pawnee Spirit'

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Pawnee Spirit
Easter Cactus: 'Pawnee Spirit'

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