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Denomination: 'Argypifri'
Trade name: Molimba Helio Double Pink
Botanical Name: Argyranthemum frutescens
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: 2006-11-09
Application Number: 06-5645
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-07-18
Certificate Number: 3267
Date rights surrendered: 2009-08-25

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Argyminpifri' (Molimba Mini Pink Frizzle) and 'Argydupea' (Molimba First Blush)

Summary: 'Argypifri' has a longer leaf blade than 'Argyminfpifri' and longer lateral lobes of the leaf blade than either reference variety. The flowers of 'Argypifri' are larger in diameter with longer ray florets than both reference varieties.


PLANT: upright bushy growth habit, short to medium height, medium to broad, medium foliage density

LEAF BLADE: medium length, narrow to medium width, attenuate base, cuspidate apex, medium blue green
LEAF BLADE LATERAL LOBE: medium length, narrow

PEDUNCLE: short to medium length, medium thickness
FLOWER: broad diameter, double
RAY FLORET: straight with some incurving along longitudinal axis, long, medium to wide, 2.9:1 ratio of length to width, white with violet apex on upper side before dehiscence, violet on upper side after dehiscence, violet on lower side, light blue violet on upper side of aged florets
FLORET DISC: yellow orange with violet outer disc petaloids before dehiscence, violet disc petaloids after dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Argypifri' was developed by the breeder, Anna M.W.P. Houbraken, an employee of Syngenta Seeds B.V. in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. It originated from a controlled cross made in August 2002 in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands, between the female parent designated 'D0269-1' and mixed pollen from unidentified Argyranthemum frutescens plants. 'Argypifri' was selected from the resultant progeny as a single plant in August 2003 based on its' foliage colour, flower colour and flower size.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Argypifri' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring of 2007 at BioFlora Inc. in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trials included 15 plants per variety. Rooted cuttings were transplanted into 15 cm pots on March 23, 2007. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from 10 plants or parts of plants on May 25, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Argypifri' with reference varieties 'Argyminpifri' and 'Argydupea'

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Argypifri' 'Argyminpifri' 'Argydupea'
mean 7.1 4.0 6.1
std. deviation 0.53 0.48 0.52

Leaf blade lateral lobe length (cm)

  'Argypifri' 'Argyminpifri' 'Argydupea'
mean 2.5 1.6 1.7
std. deviation 0.34 0.25 0.38

Leaf blade lateral lobe width (cm)

  'Argypifri' 'Argyminpifri' 'Argydupea'
mean 0.5 0.4 0.3
std. deviation 0.10 0.13 0.08

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Argypifri' 'Argyminpifri' 'Argydupea'
mean 4.9 3.8 3.8
std. deviation 0.36 0.29 0.22

Ray floret length (cm)

  'Argypifri' 'Argyminpifri' 'Argydupea'
mean 2.0 1.4 1.6

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Argyranthemum: 'Argypifri' (left) with reference varieties 'Argyminpifri' (centre) and 'Argydupea' (right)

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Argyranthemum: 'Argypifri' (left) with reference varieties 'Argyminpifri' (centre) and 'Argydupea' (right)

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