Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 20, 2000
Publication Date: June 1, 2000
Citation: Fery, R.L. 2000. 'green pixie': a green cotyledon, cream-type southernpea. Hortscience. 35(4):554-555. Technical Abstract: The USDA released the small-seeded, cream-type southernpea cultivar Green Pixie on March 4, 1999. The new cultivar is homozygous for the gc gene conditioning the green cotyledon trait. Green Pixie seeds can be harvested at the dry stage of maturity without loss of their fresh green color. Green Pixie originated as a bulk of an F9 (White Acre x Bettergreen) population grown in 1994. Green Pixie has a high, bushy plant habit similar to White Acre. It produces dry pods at Charleston, SC, in about 76 days, 5 days later than Bettergreen and 5 days earlier than White Acre. The rhomboid-kidney shape of fresh Green Pixie seeds is quite similar to the shape of fresh White Acre seeds, but very different from the ovate to reniform shape of fresh Bettergreen seeds. Green Pixie seeds are quite similar in size to White Acre seeds, but much smaller than Bettergreen seeds (weight per 100 dry seeds: Green Pixie, 8.0 g; White Acre, 7.9 g; and Bettergreen, 10.2 g). The results of replicated field trials indicate that the yield potential of Green Pixie is equal to that of Bettergreen and White Acre. Green Pixie is the first cream-type, green-cotyledon cultivar to be developed that yields seeds that are similar in size and shape to White Acre seeds. It is recommended for trial as a replacement for White Acre when grown to produce raw product for a frozen pack.