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Denomination: 'Suntapipa'
Trade name: Tapien Purple
Botanical Name: Glandularia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Suntory Flowers Limited
Administrative Division
4-17-5 Shiba, Minato-ku
Breeder: Naoto Takamura, Suntory Flowers Limited, Shiga, Japan
Yasunori Yomo, Suntory Flowers Limited, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2006-07-14
Application Number: 06-5550
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-08-29
Certificate Number: 3331
Date rights surrendered: 2010-08-17

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Carpuvi' (Magalena Midnight Blue) and 'Lan Bule' (Lanai Blue)

Summary: The plants of 'Suntapipa' are shorter with shorter leaves and a more creeping growth habit than those of 'Lan Bule'. The leaves of 'Suntapipa' are dissected with a shorter petiole than those of 'Carpuvi' which are divided. 'Suntapipa' has a smaller diameter inflorescense which is cylindrical in profile while those of the reference varieties are both broad ovate in profile. The calyx of 'Suntapipa' has anthocyanin colouration while that of 'Lan Bule' does not. 'Suntapipa' has a shorter corolla tube and weaker undulation of the corolla lobe margins than both reference varieties. 'Suntapipa' has a smaller diameter corolla than 'Lan Bule'.


PLANT: creeping growth habit, short, narrow to medium width
STEM: very light to light green, moderate anthocyanin colouration on middle third, dense pubescence

LEAF BLADE: short, narrow to medium width, ovate to deltoid, attenuate to cuneate base, dissected, acute serrate margin, light to medium green on upper side, no anthocyanin colouration on upper side
PETIOLE: short to medium length

INFLORESCENCE: very small to small diameter, cylindrical in profile
CALYX: anthocyanin colouration on upper part and teeth
COROLLA: small diameter, one coloured, shaded colour pattern, lighter colour towards apex of corolla lobes, violet with lighter violet at base of corolla lobes on upper side, upper side ages from lighter violet to blue, moderate fading of colour with age, violet fading to light blue violet towards base of corolla lobes on lower side
COROLLA LOBES: not touching, straight along longitudinal axis, weak undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: very short to short, tip of protruding hairs is grey purple
COROLLA EYE: present on one corolla lobe only, very small to small diameter, purplish white

Origin & Breeding History: 'Suntapipa' originated from a cross conducted at the Omi R&D Center of Suntory Flowers Ltd. located in Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan in March 1999. The female parent was a breeding line designated 'T86-99-2' and the male parent was another breeding line designated 'T85-99-2'. From the resulting progeny, five (5) seedlings were selected in October 2000 and trialed from May to October 2001. Subsequently, 'Suntapipa' was selected from these seedlings based on its flower colour and plant growth habit.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Suntapipa' were conducted in a poly-house during the spring of 2007 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of fifteen (15) plants per variety. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings transplanted into 11.5 cm pots on May 4, 2007. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from ten (10) plants or parts of plants on June 20, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Suntapipa' with reference varieties 'Carpuvi' and 'Lan Bule'

Plant height (cm)

  'Suntapipa' 'Carpuvi' 'Lan Bule'
mean 8.6 11.1 13.6
std. deviation 0.94 1.96 2.02

Leaf length (mm)

  'Suntapipa' 'Carpuvi' 'Lan Bule'
mean 25.6 30.0 39.6
std. deviation 3.27 3.74 4.40

Petiole length (mm)

  'Suntapipa' 'Carpuvi' 'Lan Bule'
mean 6.5 9.7 6.7
std. deviation 1.07 1.42 1.89

Inflorescence diameter (cm)

  'Suntapipa' 'Carpuvi' 'Lan Bule'
mean 3.4 4.8 6.0
std deviation 0.27 0.46 0.27

Corolla tube length (cm)

  'Suntapipa' 'Carpuvi' 'Lan Bule'
mean 1.36 1.74 2.07

Corolla diameter (mm)

  'Suntapipa' 'Carpuvi' 'Lan Bule'
mean 15.0 17.3 20.1
std. deviation 1.33 1.16 1.10

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Suntapipa' 'Carpuvi' 'Lan Bule'
upper side N81A with darker than N78A at base of lobes N81A N81B-C
lower side N82C-D fading to 76B towards base of lobes N82A-B N81B-N82A

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Verbena: 'Suntapipa' (left) with reference varieties 'Carpuvi' (centre) and 'Lan Bule' (right)

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Verbena: 'Suntapipa' (left) with reference varieties 'Carpuvi' (centre) and 'Lan Bule' (right)

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