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Denomination: 'Elsa'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'KJ20030852'
Botanical Name: Kalanchoe
Applicant/Holder: Knud Jepsen A/S
Damsbrovej 53
Breeder: Knud Jepsen, Knud Jepsen A/S, Hinnerup, Denmark
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2005-04-06
Application Number: 05-4696
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-03-14
Certificate Number: 3179
Date rights surrendered: 2010-03-22

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Monroe'

Summary: 'Elsa' is a double flowered kalanchoe variety which has narrow to medium width leaves, whereas the leaves of 'Monroe' are medium to broad in width. 'Elsa' has shallow to medium depth incisions of the leaf margins, while the leaves of 'Monroe' have very shallow to shallow incisions.


PLANT: short, narrow to medium width, medium number to many flowering shoots

LEAF: short, narrow to medium width, elliptic, medium to 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, thin to medium thickness
LEAF MARGINS: bicrenate, shallow to medium incisions
LEAF APEX: acute, straight attitude

FLOWERING SHOOT: medium number to many lateral shoots of first order, mid-season flowering time, medium number to many flowers of highest pleiochasium, highest pleiochasium medium width
YOUNG FLOWER: light yellow (RHS 4D) upper side of corolla lobes
FLOWER: double, medium diameter
COROLLA LOBES: medium length, medium to broad width, white (lighter than RHS 155C) upper side, white (lighter than RHS 155C) lower side

ANTHERS: not prominent

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Elsa' is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the breeder in Hinnerup, Denmark. The objective of the program was to create new freely flowering kalanchoe varieties with large flowers and numerous petals. 'Elsa' originated from a cross made in 2003 between the variety 'Simone 2000' as the female parent, and the cultivar designated as "KJ 2001 1856' as the male parent. The new variety was selected by the breeder as a single flowering plant within the progeny of the cross and was given the experimental designation 'KJ 2003 0852'. The selection criteria were flower colour and size, numerous petals per flower and good production characteristics.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Elsa' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2004/2234, grant of rights number 17464, 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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Kalanchoë: 'Elsa'

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