Germplasm Releases (since 2006)

Cultivars and breeding lines, including hybrids and inbreds (in order by type and year of release).

Cultigen name Released Developer(s) Important traits or description Parents or pedigree or image
Oriental crisp-flesh melon hybrids
NC-Sparta 2006 Wehner, Ellington, Jester, Schultheis NC-Sparta (NC-301 x NC-304 F1) – Breeder: T.C. Wehner and T.L. Ellington.  Vendor: North Carolina State University, Raleigh.  Parentage: F1 hybrid of NC-301 x NC-304 inbreds, which were developed from the intercross of Sprite F1.  Characteristics: hybrid with andromonoecious flowering habit; indeterminate plant type, vines with palmate leaves having serrated margin, moderate fruit yield, early maturity; round or oval fruit shape, smooth white rind, crisp flesh texture, white flesh color, high sugar content, small seed cavity, freedom from defects; vines have typical palmate leaves with serrated margins.  The fruit are uniform, with medium size and elongate shape, and a tough and thin rind.  Fruit have a length:diameter ratio of 1.2, a brix of 12, and weight of 0.7 kg; the fruit develop brown cracks that occur radially around the blossom scar at fruit maturity; radial cracks are an indicator of maturity.  Similar: Sprite F1.  Adaptation: southern U.S.  2006. Sparta photo
NC-Sapphire 2006 Wehner, Ellington, Jester, Schultheis NC-Sapphire (NC-303 x NC-309 F1) – Breeder: T.C. Wehner and T.L. Ellington.  Vendor: North Carolina State University, Raleigh.  Parentage: F1 hybrid of NC-303 x NC-309 inbreds, which were developed from the intercross of Sprite F1.  Characteristics: hybrid with andromonoecious flowering habit; indeterminate plant type, vines with palmate leaves having serrated margin, moderate fruit yield, early maturity; round or oval fruit shape, smooth white rind, crisp flesh texture, white flesh color, high sugar content, small seed cavity, freedom from defects; vines have typical palmate leaves with serrated margins.  The fruit are uniform, with large size and elongate shape, and a tough and thin rind.  Fruit have a length:diameter ratio of 1.2, a brix of 12, and weight of 0.8 kg; the fruit develop brown cracks that occur radially around the blossom scar at fruit maturity; radial cracks are an indicator of maturity.  Similar: Sprite F1.  Adaptation: southern U.S.  2006. Sparta photo
NC-Star 2006 Wehner, Ellington, Jester, Schultheis NC-Star (NC-302 x NC-305 F1) – Breeder: T.C. Wehner and T.L. Ellington.  Vendor: North Carolina State University, Raleigh.  Parentage: F1 hybrid of NC-302 x NC-305 inbreds, which were developed from the intercross of Sprite F1.  Characteristics: hybrid with andromonoecious flowering habit; indeterminate plant type, vines with palmate leaves having serrated margin, moderate fruit yield, early maturity; round or oval fruit shape, smooth white rind, crisp flesh texture, white flesh color, high sugar content, small seed cavity, freedom from defects; vines have typical palmate leaves with serrated margins.  The fruit are uniform, with small size and elongate shape, and a tough and thin rind.  Fruit have a length:diameter ratio of 1.2, a brix of 13, and weight of 0.6 kg; the fruit develop brown cracks that occur radially around the blossom scar at fruit maturity; radial cracks are an indicator of maturity.  Similar: Sprite F1.  Adaptation: southern U.S.  2006. Sparta photo
NC-Stella 2006 Wehner, Ellington, Jester, Schultheis NC-Stella (NC-302 x NC-306 F1) – Breeder: T.C. Wehner and T.L. Ellington.  Vendor: North Carolina State University, Raleigh.  Parentage: F1 hybrid of NC-302 x NC-306 inbreds, which were developed from the intercross of Sprite F1.  Characteristics: hybrid with andromonoecious flowering habit; indeterminate plant type, vines with palmate leaves having serrated margin, moderate fruit yield, early maturity; round or oval fruit shape, smooth white rind, crisp flesh texture, white flesh color, high sugar content, small seed cavity, freedom from defects; vines have typical palmate leaves with serrated margins.  The fruit are uniform, with small size and round shape, and a tough and thin rind.  Fruit have a length:diameter ratio of 1.1, a brix of 13, and weight of 0.6 kg; the fruit develop brown cracks that occur radially around the blossom scar at fruit maturity; radial cracks are an indicator of maturity.  Similar: Sprite F1.  Adaptation: southern U.S.  2006. Sparta photo
Oriental banana melon hybrids
NC-Skyland 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet F1 of NC-304 x NC-309
NC-Sunnyside 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet F1 of NC-305 x NC-307
NC-Sylva 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet F1 of NC-305 x NC-308
NC-Sunburst 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet, with banana flavor F1 of NC-310 x NC-311
NC-Sunbury 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet, with banana flavor F1 of NC-311 x NC-312
Oriental crisp-flesh melon Inbreds
NC-301 2006 Wehner, Ellington, Jester, Schultheis Small, oval fruit with white skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet; ‘Sprite’ type (originally W09) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-302 2006 Wehner, Ellington, Jester, Schultheis Small, oval fruit with white skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet; ‘Sprite’ type (originally W01) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-303 2006 Wehner, Ellington, Jester, Schultheis Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet (originally W13) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
Oriental banana melon Inbreds
NC-304 2006 Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet (originally Y07) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-305 2006 Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet (originally Y05) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-306 2006 Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet (originally Y01) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-307 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet (originally Y15) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-308 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet (originally Y11) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-309 2006 Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet (originally Y18) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-310 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet, with banana flavor (originally B02) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-311 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet, with banana flavor (originally B03) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation
NC-312 2009? Wehner, Ellington Small, oval fruit with yellow skin and white flesh; flesh crisp and sweet, with banana flavor (originally B05) Intercross of Sprite F1, self-pollinated and selected, past S10 generation