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African Pearl


Denomination: 'African Pearl'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'KJ20030638'
Botanical Name: Kalanchoe
Applicant/Holder: Knud Jepsen A/S
Damsbrovej 53
Breeder: Knud Jepsen, Knud Jepsen A/S, Hinnerup, Denmark
Agent in Canada: Bereskin & Parr
Box 401, 40 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 3Y2
Tel: 416-364-7311
Application Date: 2004-12-15
Application Number: 05-4714
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-07-30
Certificate Number: 3270
Date rights revoked: 2010-12-14

Variety Description


PLANT: very tall, medium width

LEAF: medium to long length, broad to very broad width, tripartite pinnated, dark green on upper side, medium green on lower side, very weak or no anthocyanin colouration, concave to flat cross-section, no twisting of longitudinal axis, medium to thick
LEAF MARGINS: biserrate, medium to deep incisions
LEAF APEX: acute, incurving to straight attitude

FLOWERING SHOOT: few to medium number of lateral shoots of first order, early to medium flowering time, medium number of flowers of highest pleiochasium
YOUNG FLOWER: yellow orange (RHS 19A) upper side of corolla lobes with reddish base
FLOWER: double, large to very large diameter
COROLLA LOBES: long to very long, broad width, white (RHS 155C) upper side, white (RHS N155B) lower side

ANTHERS: not prominent

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'African Pearl' is the product of a controlled breeding program conducted in Hinnerup, Denmark. The objective of the breeding program was to create new kalanchoe varieties with large flowers, numerous petals, attractive colour and excellent postproduction longevity. The female parent of 'African Pearl' was a proprietary selection of Kalanchloe blossfeldiana x K. laciniata, an interspecific hybrid designated 'KJ 2000 0716', having single-type flowers with 4 petals per flower. The male parent, the K. blossfeldiana variety 'Monroe', has the multi-petalled, double-type flower characteristic. 'African Pearl', which had the breeder's reference designation KJ 2003 0638, was discovered and selected as a flowering plant within the progeny of the cross.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'African Pearl' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 20041546, grant of rights number 18050, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office, Angers, France. The trials were conducted by the Bundessortenamt in Hannover, Germany, in 2005. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart.

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African Pearl
Kalanchoë: 'African Pearl'

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