Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Anigozanthos 'Dwarf Delight' is the result of a manipulated cross between Anigozanthos onycis female with A. flavidus male. The cross was performed by Dr S D Hopper of Western Australia. Cultivar first received by the Authority 20 February 1980. The applicant is Dr S D Hopper, WA Wildlife Research Centre, PO Box 51, Wanneroo, WA 6065.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar is a compact plant with much branched flower stems to .8m tall. The flowering stems are covered with plumose hairs. These hairs are sparsely scattered at the base of the stem and around the leaf-like bracts on the stem. The hairs are reddish in colour. The perianth segments of the flower are green-yellow but appear apricot when seen through the reddish hairs. These two colours contrast well. The leaves are up to 25cm long by 1cm wide.
DIAGNOSIS: Anigozanthos 'Dwarf delight', which grows to 0.8m tall, is midway in height between the ca. 0.3m of A. onycis and ca. 2m of A. flavidus. The flowering stems of the cultivar are sparsely covered with plumose hairs for much of their length, becoming dense towards the individual flowers. The flowering stems of the cultivar are sparsely covered with plumose hairs for much of their length, becoming dense towards the individual flowers. A. onycis, is covered in dense, plumose hairs for the full length of the flower spike while A. flavidus has them only on the perianth segments of the flower and for a short distance below on the stem. The majority of the stem in this species is glabrous. The leaf-like bracts on the stem are the size of A. onycis. The flowers are intermediate in size between those of the two parents.
CULTIVATION NOTES: This cultivar is very free flowering, and can be readily reproduced using tissue culture or more slowly using traditional methods of division. It also shows excellent qualities for use as a cut fresh flower, having good colour and stem length and very narrow stems, which reduces freight cost. It has the longevity of A. flavidus, with some plants of this cross being known in cultivation for up to 8 years (as at October 1981). Anigozanthos 'Dwarf Delight' is frost hardy. Methods of in vitro propagation of this cultivar can be found in HortScience 13 (6) December 1978 pages 662-663 and Journal of Horticultural Science (1981) 56 (2) pages 181-183. Other references to the cultivar (discussed as A. onycis x A. flavidus) can be found in "Australian Plants" Vol. 10 p. 211-217 and Australian Journal of Botany No. 28 p.659-680.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966.
plumose hairs: red group 45A.
perianth tube (mature flowers):yellow green 145B.
perianth tube (buds): near yellow green 144C.
filaments: yellow green 144C.
anthers: yellow 13B.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC253; CBG7907394.
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 18 November 1982