The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Dracaena plant, botanically known as
The new cultivar was discovered by the Inventor in a controlled environment in Hilo, Hi. as a naturally-occurring whole plant mutation of the
Asexual propagation of the new cultivar by cuttings at Hilo, Hi. since Sep. 1, 2000, has shown that the unique features of this new Dracaena plant are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations of asexual propagation.
The new Dracaena has not been observed under all possible environmental conditions. The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment such as temperature and light intensity, without, however, any variance in genotype.
The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of‘Hawaiian Sunshine’. These characteristics in combination distinguish ‘Hawaiian Sunshine’ as a new and distinct cultivar:
1. Compact, upright and outwardly arching growth habit.
2. Narrow and short leaves.
3. Dark green and light green variegated glossy leaves.
The new Dracaena can be compared to plants of variegated Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’, not patented. However in side-by-side comparisons conducted in Hilo, Hi, plants of the new Dracaena had shorter and narrower leaves. In addition, leaves of plants of the new Draceana had glossy leaves whereas leaves of plants of the cultivar Massangeana had dull leaves.
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 accurately describe the actual colors of the new Dracaena.
The photograph at the top of the sheet comprises a side perspective view of a typical potted plant of ‘Hawaiian Sunshine’.
The photograph at the bottom of the sheet comprises a top perspective view of a typical plant of ‘Hawaiian Sunshine’.
The aforementioned photographs and following observations and measurements describe plants grown in Hilo, Hi. in a polyethylene-covered greenhouse during the winter with day temperatures ranging from 18 to 28° C., night temperatures ranging from 13 to 22° C., and light levels about 4,000 foot-candles. The photographs and the description were taken about 36 weeks after planting. Plants were grown in 25-cm containers. In the description, color references are made to The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart, 1995 Edition, except where general terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used.
Parentage: Naturally-occurring whole plant mutation of the
Flower description: Flowers have not been observed on plants of the new Dracaena.
Disease/pest resistance: Under commercial conditions, resistance to pathogens and pests common to Dracaenas has not been observed.
Temperature tolerance: Plants of the new Dracaena have been observed to tolerate temperatures from 10 to 30° C.