Judging Orchids

  THE STANDARD….. 

 

STANDARD Shape

  •  The flowers should be laterally symmetrical in form and circular in outline. All sepals should be even, wide, slightly concave, rounder at the ends and fit evenly between the other segments to give the flower a full, rounded and balanced form. The petals should be wide and evenly balanced. They must not fall forward.

 

  •  The labellum should be wide, rounded, balanced, fully displayed and proportionate to the petals.

 

  •  The entire flower should be slightly concave when viewed from the side. Frilling of the petals and the labellum should not be a disadvantage, but must not destroy the general form.

 

  •  The flowers should arrange themselves evenly, be well displayed and of similar size. Credit should be given to inflorescences with more than one flower.

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NON STANDARD Shape

  •  The flowers should be laterally symmetrical in form. Sepals are to be even and fit within the other segments to give the flower an overall balanced form. The petals should be evenly balanced and not fall forward.

 

  •  In the bifoliate kinds, the width of the segments will be less than expected from the labiate kinds, and parentage must be taken into consideration when assessing such hybrids.

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CLUSTER FORMATION Inflorescences 

  • Flowers should satisfy the criteria as listed above, however, when assessing this type of orchid a minimum of eight (8) flowers is required.

 

 

PETAL SHAPES

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SEPAL SHAPES

 

Sepals

LABELLUM SHAPES

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