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Denomination: 'Raspena'
Trade name: Tukana Raspberry
Botanical Name: Glandularia ×hybrida
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Har Stemkens, 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: 2006-11-09
Application Number: 06-5665
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-09-23
Certificate Number: 3628
Date rights surrendered: 2015-08-21

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Lan Upmag' (Lanai Upright Magenta)

Summary: 'Raspena' has stronger anthocyanin colouration on the stem than 'Lan Upmag'. The leaf margin incisions of 'Raspena' are crenate shaped while they are dentate in 'Lan Upmag'. 'Raspena' has a pink colour at the tips of the protruding hairs at the opening of the corolla tube while they are white with a pink spot in 'Lan Upmag'. The eye zone of 'Raspena' is smaller than in 'Lan Upmag'. 'Raspena' has a pink eye zone while it is green yellow in 'Lan Upmag'.


PLANT: upright growth habit, medium to tall height, narrow width
STEM: light green, medium anthocyanin colouration on middle third

LEAF BLADE: medium length, narrow width, elliptic to ovate shape, cuneate to truncate base, no divisions, crenate margin, medium green on upper side, no anthocyanin colouration on upper side
PETIOLE: short

INFLORESCENCE: medium diameter, broad ovate in profile
CALYX: anthocyanin colouration present on teeth only
COROLLA: small to medium diameter, one colour, shaded colour pattern, lighter colour towards the apex of the lobes, purple red with red at the base on the upper side, strongly fading change in colour with age, blue pink to light blue pink lower side
COROLLA LOBES: touching to overlapping, incurved along longitudinal axis, weak undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: short to medium length, tip of protruding hairs is pink
COROLLA EYE: very small to small, pink

Origin & Breeding History: 'Raspena' originated from a self pollination of 'D1472-2' conducted during May 2001 at Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. The initial selection was made in May 2002 based on the selection criteria of early flowering time, plant form, and sterility.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials were conducted in a poly house in the spring of 2008 in St. Thomas, Ontario. There were 15 plants of each variety individually grown in 12 cm plastic pots. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart.

Comparison table for 'Raspena' with reference variety 'Lan Upmag'

Main corolla colours (RHS)

  'Raspena' 'Lan Upmag'
upper side newly opened N66A with 45B at base N66A
upper side fully opened N66A with 46B at base N66A with N78B at base
lower side 73B-C 64C to 69B

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Verbena: 'Raspena' (left) with reference variety 'LanUpmag' (right)

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