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British Columbia Orchid Societies Show Flower Classes [revised April 2015]


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British Columbia Orchid Societies

Show Flower Classes [revised April 2015]

Note: classes may be combined if low registration, but the numbering will not be altered on the list. Therefore there can be gaps in the class numbers ie. 1.1, 1.4, 1.5.



If needed classes could be added to the schedule at the end of each class.


  1. Laelia Subtribe

Group I: Brassavola (Rhyncholaelia), Cattleya, Laelia & Sophronitis

Also any other Hybrid with Cattleya

1.1 Species up to 25 cm, pot rim to top of leaves, excluding inflorescence

1.3 Species over 25 cm

1.4a Hybrids up to 25 cm, predominantly pink, lavender, purple

1.4b Hybrids over 25 cm, predominantly pink, lavender, purple

1.5a Hybrids up to 25 cm, predominantly red, orange

1.5b Hybrids over 25 cm, predominantly red, orange

1.6a Hybrids up to 25 cm, predominantly green, bronze, yellow

1.6b Hybrids over 25 cm, predominantly green, bronze, yellow

1.7a Hybrids up to 25 cm, predominantly white

1.7b Hybrids over 25 cm, predominantly white

1.8a Hybrids up to 25 cm, semi-alba

1.8b Hybrids over 25 cm, semi-alba

1.9a Hybrids up to 25 cm, spotted, splashed, novelties

1.9b Hybrids over 25 cm, spotted, splashed, novelties



Group II: Barkeria, Broughtonia, Epidendrum, Encyclia, Prosthechea, Schomburgkia etc.

But NOT any hybrids with Cattleya

1.10 Species in this group

1.11 Hybrids in this group




  1. Vandaceous Tribe

Group I, Phalaenopsis

2.1 Species Phalaenopsis and Doritis

2.2a Hybrid Phalaenopsis and Doritis, solid white (some yellow and red markings on lip permitted)

2.2b Hybrid Phalaenopsis and Doritis, white with very fine spots or bars, 2 mm or under

2.3a Hybrid … solid pink, violet through purple

2.3b Hybrid solid pink with very fine spotting or bars

2.4 Hybrid … shades of red and purple (lueddemanniana and other short-stemmed species in the breeding)

2.5a Hybrid … solid yellow

2.5b Hybrid solid yellow with very fine spotting or bars, 2 mm or under

2.6a Hybrid any colour with darker lip

2.6b Hybrid any colour with lighter lip

2.7 Hybrid … any other colour with fine spots, 2 mm or under

2.8 Hybrid … any colour with large spots or blotches, over 2 mm

2.9 Hybrid … any colour with stripes predominant

2.10 Hybrid any colour including art shades with or without markings

2.11 Hybrid blush pattern without markings

2.12a Hybrid blush pattern with markings

2.12b Hybrids, all other patterns including harlequin, picotee, peloric etc. and all not listed above.



Multifloral means – flowers with 4cm maximum natural flower spread and multiple branching inflorescences.

2.13 Hybrid multifloral (equestris types) white or white with coloured lips

2.14 Hybrid multifloral (equestris types) pink with or without markings

2.15 Hybrid multifloral (equestris types) yellow with or without markings

2.16 Hybrid multifloral (equestris types) other colours with or without markings

2.17 Hybrid miniatures (e.g. with Phal. parishii)



Group II, Vanda, Asconcentrum, Euanthe, Rhynchostylis, Aerides Sarcochilus, Neofinetia, etc

2.18 Species and Hybrids with Ascocentrum, Euanthe and Vanda only

2.19a Species and Hybrids, others in this group, flowers up to 4cm across excluding all Sarchochilus

2.19b Species and Hybrids Sarchochilus

2.20 Species and Hybrids, others in this group, flowers over 4 cm across
Group III, Angraecum, Aerangis, Aeranthes, Jumellea, etc.

2.21 Species and Hybrids, flowers up to 4 cm across front

2.22 Species and Hybrids, flowers over 4 cm across front
3 Pleurothallis Subtribe


    1. Species Masdevallia, flower up to 2 cm (horizontal or vertical) excluding caudae

    2. Species Masdevallia, flower over 2 cm (horizontal or vertical) excluding caudae

    3. Hybrids Masdevallia, flower up to 2 cm (horizontal or vertical) excluding caudae

    4. Hybirds Masdevallia, flower over 2 cm (horizontal or vertical) excluding caudae

    5. Species and Hybrids Dracula, All (Including Dracuvallia)

    6. Species and Hybrids Restrepia

    7. Species and Hybrids, All related genera (Pleurothallis, Porroglossum, Scaphosephalum, Etc.)



4 Cypripedium Subfamily

Group I

4.1 Species Brachypetalum: bellatulum, concolor, godefroyae, niveum, etc.

4.2 Species Parvisepalum: armeniacum, delenatii, emersonii, macranthum, malipoense, etc.

4.3 Other species with mottled leaves (including mottled leafed sequentials)

4.4 Species, all others with plain green leaves including sequentials, excepting

multiflorals, (4.5)

4.5 Species, multifloral: e.g. lowii, parishii, philippinense, rothschildianum, etc.

4.6 Hybrids, multifloral

4.7a Hybrids, Maudiae types, albinistic, (white and green only)

4.7b Hybrids, Maudiae types, coloratum (white,green and red)

4.7c Hybrids, Maudiae types, vinicolor (white and wine-red only with possibly a small

touch of green at the base of the dorsal sepal)

4.8 Hybrids primary or near primary, pink and white

4.9 Hybrids primary or near primary, other colours

4.10 Hybrids, old complex Bulldog type, predominant white, yellow, green with & without spots

4.11 Hybrids, old complex Bulldog type, predominant orange, red, purple with or without spots


Group II

4.12a Species Phragmipedium, short petals

4.12b Species Phragmipedium, long petals (caudatum etc.)

4.13 Hybrid Phragmipedium without Phrag. besseae

4.14 Hybrid Phragmipedium with Phrag. besseae

4.15 Species & Hybrids Cypripedium, Selenipedium and Mexipedium



5. Maxillaria Tribe

5.1 Species Anguloa, Ida, Lycaste

5.2 Hybrids with Anguloa, Lycaste, Ida

5.3 Species, others in this group: Bollea, Cochleanthes, Maxillaria, etc.

5.4 Species & Hybrids of Zygopetalum

5.5 Hybrids in this group, other than (5.2 & 5.4)


6. Oncidium Subtribe
Group I Miltonias and Miltoniopsis only

6.1a Species and Hybrid Miltonia,

6.1b Species Miltoniopsis

6.2 Hybrid Miltoniopsis, predominant red, pink

6.3 Hybrid Miltoniopsis, predominant yellow, white
Group II Oncidiums only

6.4 Species Oncidiums, except Equitants (Tolumnia) and Psychopsis

6.5 Hybrids, PURE Oncidium only, except Equitants (Tolumnia) and Psychopsis

6.6a Species and Hybrid Equitant types (Tolumnia types)

6.6b Species and Hybrid Psychopsis types (Butterfly Oncidium Orchids)
Group III Odontoglossum, Cochlioda, Brassia, and complex hybrids

6.7 Species and Hybrids, other than 6.4 with smaller flowers (Comparettia, etc.)

6.8 Brassia Species and hybrids, looking like Brassias (spidery)

6.9 Other species in this group (e.g. Ada, Odontoglossum, Trichopilia, etc.)

6.10 Other Hybrids in this group (e.g. Odontioda, etc.), predominant pink, purple, red

6.11 Other Hybrids in this group (e.g. Odontioda, etc.), predominant orange, yellow

6.12 Other Hybrids in this group (e.g. Odontioda, etc.), predominant white
7. Cymbidium Tribe

7.1 Species

7.2 Oriental, Species and Hybrids, with flowers

7.3 Oriental, Species and Hybrids, not in flower

7.4 Hybrids, miniature flower spread less than 1.75 inches (47 mm)

7.5 Hybrids, intermediate flower spread 1.75 inches – 3 inches (48 mm – 76mm)

7.6 Hybrid standard, flower spread 3 inches plus (77mm +)

7.7 Species and Hybrids, allied to Cymbidium (Ansellia, Cyrtopodium, Eulophia, etc.)


8. Coelogyne Alliance

8.1 Species and Hybrids, Coelogyne

8.2 Species and Hybrids, related genera (Dendrochilum, Pholidota, Pleione, etc.)
9. Stanhopea and Catasetum Subtribes

9.1 Species and Hybrids, Stanhopea, Gongora, Coryanthes, etc.

9.2 Species and Hybrids, allied genera (Acineta, Houlletia, Paphinia, etc.)

9.3 Species and Hybrids, Catasetum, Cycnoches



    1. Species and Hybrids, allied genera (Clowesia, Dressleria)


10. Dendrobium Subtribe

10.1 Species and Hybrids, phalaenopsis type

10.2 Species and Hybrids, nobile type

10.3 Species and Hybrids, formosa type, mostly white flowers any size, black hairs on leaves and

pseudobulbs

10.4 Species and Hybrids, latourea type, (Those plants related to Den. atroviolaceum, finisterrae, spectabilis and other similar species mostly from New Guinea.)

10.5a Species and Hybrids, others in this group, small flowers, up to 4 cm across

10.5bAustralian species and Hybrids (Sect. dendrocoryne) open stry flowers (kingianum, speciosum, tetrogonum)

10.5c Australian species and hybrids others in this group, small flowers up to 4cm across

10.6 Species and Hybrids, others in this group, larger flowers, over 4 cm across

10.7 Species and Hybrids, Bulbophyllum, Cirrhopetalum, etc,

10.8 Species and Hybrids, related genera Eria, Cadetia, etc.)




11. All Others Not Listed Above

11.1 Species and Hybrids not listed above, up to 15 cm in height from pot rim excluding inflorescence

11.2 Species and Hybrids not listed above, over 15 cm in height from pot rim excluding inflorescence

11.3 Species and Hybrids grown for foliage, flowers not necessary



12. Special Classes

12.1 Hybrid made & flowered by the exhibitor

12.2 First bloom seedling, NOT mericloned, Phalaenopsis only

12.3 First bloom seedling, NOT mericloned, all others

12.4 Orchid grown under artificial light ONLY

12.5 Orchid grown on a windowsill with no artificial light.

12.6 Orchid mounted (slab, branch, etc.)

12.7 Mini displays 18 inches x 18 inches square (46cm x 46 cm) and not over 24 inches (61 cm) in height




13. Other Orchid Related Classes, these must have been created by exhibitor


13.1 Orchid Floral Design, open class, orchid flowers the dominant feature

Novice used here means the exhibitor has not placed in any previous exhibition in this art form.

13.2 Orchid Floral Design, novice class, orchid flowers the dominant feature



Orchid Pictoral Art

13.3 Orchid Painting – Oil and Acrylic

13.4 Orchid Painting – Watercolour

13.5 Orchid Pictures – Drawings, etc.



Orchid Photographs

13.6a Black and white, any size matted

13.6b Colour prints up to 5 x 7 matted

13.6c Colour print over 5 x 7 matted

13.6d Enhanced photograph (hand retouch or digitally altered with example of original)

Enhanced in this context means a quality has been added to the photograph.

13.7 Needlework & Textiles with Orchid Motif

13.8 Sculptures of Orchids

13.9 Other Orchid Art Work

13.10 Any Orchid Art Work created by children under 13 years

13.11 Educational Display

13.12 Posters, Pins, Stamps, Coins, Jewelry or other items

! These need not have been created by the exhibitor!
14. Items for Display only

British Columbia Orchid Societies,



Suggested Show Trophy List
The trophies available for displays and the type of display each will be awarded to are chosen by the hosting societies and could include, among others not listed here:

1)     The Canadian Orchid Congress Show Trophy, sponsored by the C.O.C. Its interpretation is up to each individual society affiliated with the C.O.C.

2)     The American Orchid Society Show Trophy, sponsored by the hosting society and only awarded at an A.O.S. approved show.

3)     The Orchid Digest Corporation Show Trophy, sponsored by the hosting society and available to O.D.C. affiliated societies.

4)     Usually a trophy named after the hosting society

5)     A trophy for Best Visiting Society



  1. Individual medals (gold, silver, bronze), for all displays qualifying.

  2. Best Overall Plant in Show: The Grand Champion 


Not all of these trophies must be awarded. If the quality of the entries is not high enough the trophies may be withheld. Also when publishing the show schedule a society will list the possible trophies to be awarded as being offered on the program.

After consulting with the show chair, the judges may award, at their discretion, additional Special Trophies if they feel that any part of any exhibit is deserving of this.


Trophies for Best of Group:

  1. Best Cattleya species or hybrid, classes 1.1 – 1.9

  2. Best Other in Laelia subtribe, classes 1.10 – 1.11

  3. Best Phalaenopsis, classes 2.1 – 2.17

  4. Best in Vanda group, classes 2.18 – 2.20

  5. Best in Angraecum group, class 2.21 – 2.22

  6. Best in Pleurothallis group, class 3.1 – 3.7

  7. Best Paphiopedilum, classes 4.1 – 4.11

  8. Best Other in Cypripedium Sub-family, classes 4.12 – 4.15

  9. Best in Maxillaria tribe, classes 5.1 – 5.5

  10. Best Miltonia, classes 6.1 – 6.3

  11. Best Oncidium, class 6.4 – 6.6

  12. Best Other in Oncidium group, classes 6.7 – 6.12

  13. Best Cymbidium, classes 7.1 – 7.7

  14. Best in Coelogyne grouping, classes 8.1– 8.2

  15. Best in Stanhopea/Catasetum grouping, classes 9.1 – 9.4

16. Best in Dendrobium grouping, classes 10.1 to 10.6

17. Best of other in Dendrobium Alliance, class 10.7 – 10.8

18. Best of all others, classes 11.1 to 11.3

19. Best plant, made, grown and flowered by a Society member 12.1



  1. Best first-bloom seedling, (not a mericlone) Phalaenopsis only, class 12.2

  2. Best first-bloom seedling, (not a mericlone) all others, class 12.3

  3. Best Orchid grown exclusively under artificial light, class 12.4

  4. Best Orchid grown on a windowsill with no artificial light 12.5

  5. Best Orchid mounted (slab, branch etc.), class 12.6

  6. Best Flower Arrangement, classes 13.1- 13.2

  7. Best Orchid Picture, classes 13.3 – 13.6

  8. Best Other Orchid Art, classes 13.7 – 13.9

  9. Best Orchid Artwork, created by a child (age limit 13 years) class 13.10

  10. Best Other Orchid related exhibits, classes 13.11 – 13.12


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