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Denomination: 'Starbini'
Trade name: Sunbini Improved
Botanical Name: Sanvitalia
Applicant/Holder: Dittmar, Hugo
Schaffnaustr. 9, CH-4543
Breeder: Hugo Dittmar, Deitingen, Switzerland
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2005-03-02
Application Number: 05-4618
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-08-17
Certificate Number: 2827
Date rights surrendered: 2012-09-06

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Dittsun' and 'Santanis' (Cuzco Compact Yellow)

Summary: The plant growth habit for 'Starbini' is semi-upright to trailing while it is upright changing to trailing with age for 'Dittsun' and horizontal to trailing for 'Santanis'. 'Starbini' has narrower sepals than 'Dittsun' and larger ray florets than both reference varieties.


PLANT: annual type, semi-upright to trailing growth habit, moderate degree of branching

STEM: light green, strong anthocyanin colouration, moderate to dense pubescence, medium thick, smooth surface

LEAF: opposite arrangement along stem, simple type
LEAF BLADE: elliptic to oblong, acute to obtuse apex, obtuse base, entire margin, moderate pubescence on upper side, no pubescence on lower side, no variegation, dark green on upper side, light green on lower side, mostly sessile

SEPAL: broad ovate
RAY FLORET: medium in number (12-14), oblong, obtuse to slightly retuse apex, no recurvature of tip, entire margin, yellow orange on upper side, yellow with dark green longitudinal stripes on lower side

Origin & Breeding History: 'Starbini' was the result of a breeding program in Deitingen, Switzerland and whose objectives were to create new Sanvitalia varieties which flower freely, have compact plant growth habit and can be produced without the use of growth regulators. 'Starbini' originated from a cross made by the breeder, Hugo Dittmar, in early 2001 between two unknown seedlings and was selected in late 2001 based on its non-stop flowering, nicely shaped plants and very compact growth habit.

Tests & Trials: The test and trial for 'Starbini' was conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2006 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 15 plants of each variety. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 11 cm pots on May 26, 2006. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety from July 7 to 11, 2006. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Starbini' with reference varieties 'Dittsun' and 'Santanis'

Sepal width (mm)

  'Starbini' 'Dittsun' 'Santanis'
mean 4.8 6.2 4.0
std. deviation 0.42 0.63 0.00

Ray floret length (mm)

  'Starbini' 'Dittsun' 'Santanis'
mean 8.1 6.7 7.5
std. deviation 0.57 0.48 0.47

Ray floret width (mm)

  'Starbini' 'Dittsun' 'Santanis'
mean 3.0 3.0 2.2
std. deviation 0.00 0.16 0.24

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Sanvitalia: 'Starbini' (left) with reference varieties 'Dittsun' (centre) and 'Santanis' (right)

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