The present Invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of Chlorophytum plant, botanically known as
The new Chlorophytum is a naturally-occurring whole plant mutation of
Asexual reproduction of the new cultivar by cuttings taken at Voorschoten, The Netherlands in June, 1999, has shown that the unique features of this new Chlorophytum are stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.
The following traits have been repeatedly observed and are determined to be the unique characteristics of ‘Bonnie’. These characteristics in combination distinguish ‘Bonnie’ as a new and distinct Chlorophytum cultivar:
1. Rounded and compact plant habit.
2. Dark green and white bi-colored foliage.
3. Curled, reflexed and twisted leaves.
Plants of the new Chlorophytum differ from plants of the parent cultivar and other known cultivars of Chlorophytum primarily in leaf orientation as plants of the parent selection and other known cultivars have flat leaves that do not curl, reflex or twist.
The accompanying colored photograph illustrates 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 photograph may differ slightly from the color values cited in the detailed botanical description which more accurately describe the actual colors of the new Chlorophytum. The photograph comprises a side perspective view of a typical plant of ‘Bonnie’ grown in a container.
The cultivar Bonnie 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 aforementioned photograph and the following observations and measurements describe plants grown in Voorschoten, The Netherlands under commercial practice in a glass-covered greenhouse with day and night temperatures about 19 to 22° C. Plants used in the photograph and following description were about one year old and grown in 11-cm containers. In the following 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
Seed/fruit: Seed and fruit development has not been observed.
Disease/pest resistance: Plants of the new Chlorophytum have not been observed to be resistant to pathogens and pests common to Chlorophytum.
Temperature tolerance: Plants of the new Chlorophytum have been observed to tolerate temperatures from 10 to 30° C.