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Navajo Spirit

Easter Cactus

Denomination: 'Navajo Spirit'
Botanical Name: Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri
Applicant/Holder: Rohde's A/S
Odensevej 731, Hundslev, DK-5300
Breeder: Frank Rohde, Rohde's A/S, Kerteminde, Denmark
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2010-06-02
Application Number: 10-6995
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-02-07
Certificate Number: 4706
Date rights surrendered: 2017-02-07

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Libra'

Summary: 'Navajo Spirit' has a broader flower with broader tepals than 'Libra'. The size of the lighter coloured macule of the tepal is very small to small for 'Navajo Spirit' whereas 'Libra' has no lighter coloured macule. The marginal zone of the tepal of 'Navajo Spirit' is lighter purple than that of 'Libra'. 'Navajo Spirit' has a greenish red ovary whereas 'Libra' has a red ovary.


PLANT: begins flowering early for a very long period of time, semi-upright to horizontal growth habit

PHYLLOCLADE: many phylloclades of second order, short, narrow to medium width, dark green, weak to medium tendency to form red margins, very weak to weak tendency to form a wing, when formed the wing is very small to small, very sparse to sparse pubescence

FLOWER BUD: 1 cm long bud has a dark to very dark purple tip, 1.5 cm bud has an acute tip
FLOWER: medium to broad
TEPAL: broad to very broad, lighter coloured macule is very small to small, macule is blue pink (RHS N66D), no middle zone, border between zones is diffuse, large to very large marginal zone, marginal zone is purple (between RHS N74B and N74C)
STAMEN: short, purple filament
GYNOECIUM: white stigma, short to medium length style, greenish red ovary

Origin & Breeding History: 'Navajo Spirit' originated from a cross between un-named, proprietary Hatiora seedlings designated '7303W' and '7304'. This cross was conducted in April 2004 in Kerteminde, Denmark as part of a breeding program with objectives to develop improved, unique flower colours. From the resulting population of seedlings, 'Navajo Spirit' was selected in the spring of 2009 using large bud size and large flower size as the initial selection criteria.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Navajo Spirit' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2009/1494, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office, Angers, France. The trials were conducted by the University of Aarhus in Aarslev, Denmark, in 2010. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison table for 'Navajo Spirit' with reference variety 'Libra'

Colour of tepal (RHS)

  'Navajo Spirit' 'Libra'
marginal zone N74B-C N74A-B

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Navajo Spirit
Easter Cactus: 'Navajo Spirit'

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Navajo Spirit
Easter Cactus: 'Navajo Spirit'

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