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Denomination: 'Osecspovan'
Trade name: Soprano Vanilla Spoon
Botanical Name: Osteospermum ecklonis
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Ánna M.W.P. Houbraken, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2006-10-05
Application Number: 06-5590
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-07-18
Certificate Number: 3268
Date rights surrendered: 2011-07-19

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Aksis' (Cape Daisy Nasinga White) and 'Aknam' (Cape Daisy Nasinga Cream)

Summary: 'Osecspovan' differs from the reference varieties, 'Aksis' and 'Aknam', mainly in plant height, leaf length, number of ray florets and ray floret colour on the lower side. The plants of 'Osecspovan' are medium to tall whereas they are short to medium in height in 'Aksis' and very short to short in 'Aknam'. The leaves of 'Osecspovan' are long to very long whereas they are medium in length in both reference varieties. 'Osecspovan' has fewer ray florets in a whorl than both reference varieties. The lower side of the ray floret of 'Osecspovan' is yellowish white whereas it is light yellow in 'Aksis' and yellow in 'Aknam'.


PLANT: erect to semi-erect shoots with absent to very weak anthocyanin, medium to tall in height

LEAF: long to very long, medium to wide, elliptic shape, shallow to medium depth of incisions of margins, no variegation, medium green on the upper side

FLOWER: medium length peduncle, only one complete ray floret whorl, small inflorescence diameter
RAY FLORET: very short, very narrow to narrow, spatulate in shape, with a rounded - dentate apex, slight reflexing present, inward rolling of longitudinal margins present on approximately one half of margin that is rolled, horizontal to upwards attitude, white on the upper side, yellowish white on the lower side
DISC: white before dehiscence.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Osecspovan' originated from the cross 'D0434-1', as the female parent, with a mix of pollen from unidentified male Osteospermum ecklonis plants. The controlled cross was conducted in July 2001 in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. 'Osecspovan' was selected from the resultant progeny as a single plant in June 2002 based on plant habit, flower type and flower colour. Asexual reproduction by cuttings was first conducted in June 2002 in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands.

Tests & Trials: The trials for 'Osecspovan' were conducted in a polyhouse at BioFlora in St. Thomas, Ontario, during the spring of 2007. The trials included 15 plants of each variety grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 11 cm pots. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour characteristics were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Osecspovan' with reference varieties 'Aksis' and 'Aknam'

Plant height (cm)

  'Osecspovan' 'Aksis' 'Aknam'
mean 31.7 25.6 19.1
std. deviation 1.70 1.44 2.12

Leaf length (cm)

  'Osecspovan' 'Aksis' 'Aknam'
mean 7.4 5.2 5.2
std. deviation 0.44 0.58 0.36

Number of ray florets in a whorl

  'Osecspovan' 'Aksis' 'Aknam'
mean 18.8 25.1 22.0
std. deviation 1.48 1.85 2.45

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Osteospermum: 'Osecspovan' (left) with reference varieties 'Aksis' (centre) and 'Aknam' (right)

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Osteospermum: 'Osecspovan' (left) with reference varieties 'Aksis' (centre) and 'Aknam' (right)

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