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Denomination: 'Elfe'
Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum
Applicant/Holder: Europlant Pflanzenzucht GmbH
P.O.Box 13 80
Breeder: Nordkartoffel Zuchtgesellschaft MBH, Ebstorf, Germany
Agent in Canada: Global Agri Services Inc.
376 New Maryland Highway
New Maryland, New Brunswick
E3C 1E5
Tel: 506-462-9493
Application Date: 2004-02-09(priority claimed)
Application Number: 04-4025
Protective direction granted: 2004-02-09
Grant of Rights Date: 2009-03-18
Certificate Number: 3474
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2027-03-18

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Gala' and 'Yukon Gold'

Summary: 'Elfe' has a spreading growth habit while 'Gala' has a semi-upright growth habit and 'Yukon Gold' has an upright growth habit. The anthocyanin colouration of the stem is distributed evenly for 'Elfe' while it is found on the axils for 'Gala' and in the bottom two thirds for 'Yukon Gold'. 'Elfe' has a longer and wider leaf than 'Gala'. The corolla colour of 'Elfe' is white while it is red-violet for 'Yukon Gold'. 'Elfe' has weaker anthocyanin colouration of the light sprout base than the reference varieties.


PLANT: spreading growth habit, leaf type foliage structure
STEM: weak anthocyanin colouration evenly distributed, thin, nodes with absent or very low swelling

LEAVES: medium green, intermediate silhouette, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side of rachis and petiole, medium depth of veins, medium waviness of margin, medium glossiness on upper side, slight pubescence on leaves of apical rosette, medium presence of secondary leaflets
TERMINAL LEAFLET: narrow to medium ovate shape, acute to acuminate tip, cordate base, absent or very low frequency of coalescence with lateral leaflets
LATERAL LEAFLET: medium size, narrow ovate shape, acute tip, cordate base

INFLORESCENCE: low flowering profusion, small size, flower buds persist, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration of flower bud
COROLLA: white, medium size, prominant star, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on peduncle

TUBER: oval
TUBER SKIN: yellow, yellow at base of eye, medium anthocyanin colouration, smooth texture
TUBER EYES: shallow in depth, predominantly apical distribution, medium prominence of eyebrows
TUBER FLESH: dark yellow, no secondary colour

LIGHT SPROUT: medium size, broad cylindrical shape, few root tips, short lateral shoots
BASE: weak anthocyanin colouration, absent or low proportion of blue in anthocyanin colouration, sparse pubescence
TIP: smaller than base in size, closed habit, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, medium pubescence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Elfe' originated from a cross between L 176/89/233 and Filea, made in Ebstorf, Germany in 1994. The selection process was based on negative agronomic criteria.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Elfe' were conducted in Drummond, New Brunswick in 2007. All entries were planted in single-row plots. Plots consisted of rows 22 metres long with 30 cm in row spacing between plants and spacing between rows of 91 cm. Measured characteristics were based on 10 measurements. Colour determinations were made using the 1986 RHS colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Elfe' with reference varieties 'Gala' and 'Yukon Gold'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Elfe' 'Gala' 'Yukon Gold'
mean 31.2 23.6 35.2
std. deviation 2.5 3.7 2.4

Leaf width (cm)

  'Elfe' 'Gala' 'Yukon Gold'
mean 18.7 14.2 24.1
std. deviation 2.3 1.9 3.1

Colour of corolla (RHS)

  'Elfe' 'Gala' 'Yukon Gold'
inner surface 155B 157C 76A

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Potato: 'Elfe' (centre) with reference varieties 'Gala' (left) and 'Yukon Gold' (right)

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