US PP12671 P2
A distinct cultivar of Pentas plant named ‘Comet’, characterized by its uniform and compact plant habit; freely branching habit; numerous red purple-colored flowers; and suitability for container production.
1. A new and distinct cultivar of Pentas plant named ‘Comet’, as
The present Invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Pentas plant, botanically known as Pentas lanceolata, and hereinafter referred to by the cultivar name Comet.
The new Pentas is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the Inventor in Odense, Denmark. The new Pentas originated from a self-pollination made by the Inventor of the Pentas lanceolata cultivar Juniper, not patented. The new Pentas was selected in a controlled environment from the resulting progeny by the Inventor in early 1998, on the basis of its red purple-colored flowers and suitability for container production.
Asexual reproduction of the new cultivar by terminal cuttings taken in Odense, Denmark has shown that the unique features of this new Pentas are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.
Plants of the cultivar Comet have not been observed under all possible environmental conditions. The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment such as temperature, light intensity, daylength, water status, and fertility level without, however, any variance in genotype.
The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of ‘Comet’. These characteristics in combination distinguish ‘Comet’ as a new and distinct cultivar:
1. Uniform and compact plant habit.
2. Freely branching habit.
3. Numerous red purple-colored flowers.
4. Suitable for container production.
Plants of the new Pentas differ from plants of its parent cultivar, Juniper, and plants of its sibling cultivar Mars, disclosed in U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 09/624,469; Polaris, disclosed in U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 09/624,470; and Venus, disclosed in U.S. Plant patent application Ser. No. 09/624,407, primarily in flower color. Specifically, compared to plants of the culitvar Venus, plants of the new Pentas have darker petal coloration.
Plants of the new Pentas can be compared to plants of the cultivar Lilac Mist, not patented. Plants of the new Pentas differ from plants of the cultivar Lilac Mist in the following characteristics:
1. Leaves of the new Pentas are more intense green and glossier than leaves of the cultivar Lilac Mist.
2. Plants of the new Pentas have larger inflorescences than plants of the cultivar Lilac Mist.
3. Petals of the new Pentas are broader than petals of the cultivar Lilac Mist.
4. Petal color of the new Pentas is darker and more intense than petal color of the cultivar Lilac Mist.
The accompanying colored photographs illustrate the overall appearance of the new cultivar, showing the colors as true as it is reasonably possible to obtain in colored reproductions of this type. Colors in the photographs may differ slightly from the color values cited in the detailed botanical description which more accurately describe the actual colors of the new Pentas.
The photograph at the top of the sheet comprises a top perspective view of a typical plant of ‘Comet’.
The photograph at the bottom of the sheet comprises a close-up view of typical flowers of ‘Comet’.
In the following description, color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used. Plants grown in 10-cm containers were used for the following description. Plants were grown under conditions which closely approximate commercial production conditions in Loudon, N.H. Plants used for the description were about 8 weeks old.
Botanical classification: Pentas lanceolata cultivar Comet.
Parentage: Self-pollination of Pentas lanceolata cultivar Juniper, not patented.
Type cutting.—Terminal vegetative cuttings.
Time to initiate roots.—About 12 to 14 days at 21° C.
Time to develop roots.—About 30 days at 21° C.
Root description.—Numerous, fibrous and well-branched.
Form.—Annual flowering plant; upright, somewhat outwardly spreading, uniform, rounded inverted triangle; dense and full, freely branching with about six lateral branches per plant, pinching enhances lateral branch development. Appropriate for 10-cm containers.
Crop time.—About 6 to 8 weeks are required to produce finished flowering plants in 10-cm containers.
Plant height.—About 38 cm.
Plant diameter.—About 34 cm.
Lateral branches.—Length: About 15 cm. Diameter: About 2.5 mm. Internode length: About 4 cm. Strength: Moderate. Texture: Pubescent. Color: 144C.
Foliage description.—Leaves simple, generally symmetrical and long-persisting; opposite. Quantity per lateral branch: About 10. Length: About 9 cm. Width: About 4 cm. Shape: Lanceolate. Apex: Acute. Base: Acute. Margin: Entire. Aspect: Typically horizontal. Texture: Slightly rugose; pubescent. Color: Young foliage, upper surface: 139A. Young foliage, lower surface: 138B. Mature foliage, upper surface: 147A, veins, 145B. Mature foliage, lower surface: 146B, veins, 145C. Petiole length: About 1.25 mm. Petiole diameter: About 1 mm. Petiole color: 145C.
Flower type and habit.—Single flowers arranged in terminal corymbs; five-merous; flowers face mostly upward; slightly cupped. Flowers persistent. Very freely flowering, typically about 40 flowers per inflorescence, about six inflorescences per plant, and about 240 open flowers and flower buds per plant.
Natural flowering season.—Summer; flowering continuous.
Flower longevity on the plant.—About two weeks.
Inflorescence size.—Diameter: About 8 cm. Height: About 5 cm.
Flower size.—Diameter: About 1.5 cm. Height (tube length): About 5 mm.
Flower buds.—Rate of opening: About one week. Length: About 0.5 to 2 cm. Diameter: About 2.5 to 5 mm. Shape: Spatulate. Color: 186C.
Corolla.—Arrangement/appearance: Single whorl of five petals, fused at base, flaring into a star. Petal length from throat: About 5 mm. Petal width: About 3.3 mm. Petal shape: Ovate. Petal apex: Acute. Petal margin: Entire. Petal texture: Smooth, dull. Color: Petal, upper surface, when opening: 75B. Petal, lower surface, when opening: 75B. Petal, upper surface, fully opened: 74D. Petal, lower surface, fully opened: 75B.
Sepals.—Arrangement/appearnce: Single whorl of five sepals, star-shaped. Calyx length: About 2.5 mm. Calyx diameter: About 1 cm. Shape: Lanceolate. Apex: Acute. Margin: Entire. Texture: Smooth. Color, upper and lower surfaces: 147A.
Peduncles.—Length: About 1 cm. Angle: Erect. Strength: Moderately strong. Texture: Smooth. Color: 144A.
Reproductive organs.—Stamens: Quantity: About five. Anther shape: Filiform. Anther length: About 1.25 mm. Anhther color: 161C. Pollen amount: Scarce. Pollen color: 161C. Pistils: Quantity: One. Pistil length: About 2.5 cm. Stigma shape: V-shaped. Stigma color: 82A. Style length: About 2 cm. Style color: 155B. Ovary color: 145C.
Seed/fruit.—Seed/fruit production has not been observed.
Disease resistance: Plants of the new Pentas have been observed to be resistant to pathogens common to Pentas.