FORM

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  • Formal Decorative: Ray florets are generally flat, broad, and smooth in a regular arrangement that gradually recurve toward the stem. Each ray floret row should convey uniform and regular size arrangement with the tips preferably round or extending to a slight point. The ideal depth is three-quarters the diameter of the bloom and should not be greater than its diameter….
  • Informal Decorative: Ray florets are twisted, curled, or wavy, and of uniform size in irregular arrangement. They may be partially involute or revolute, but no portion should be fully revolute or involute except at the tip of the ray floret. The ideal depth is three-quarters the diameter of the bloom and should not be greater than its diameter.
  • Semi-Cactus:  Ray florets are broad at the base, straight or incurved, and reflex toward the stem in a regular and uniform arrangement. Ray florets will be revolute for approximately half their length and fully revolute (touching or overlapping) for at least one-fourth their length. The ideal depth is three-quarters the diameter of the bloom and should not be greater than its diameter.
  • Straight Cactus: Ray florets are narrow at the base, straight, uniform in length and reflex toward the stem, radiating uniformly in all directions from the center. They will be revolute for the majority of their length and fully revolute (touching or overlapping) for approximately half their length. A depth of about three-quarters the diameter is ideal for this form.
  • Incurved Cactus: Ray florets are pointed, narrow at the base, uniform in length and arrangement, revolute for the majority of their length, and fully revolute for at least half their length. They will curve upward to the bloom face, but may also arc downward and then up, or they will swirl horizontally around the bloom circumference, usually exposing the involucre in either case. Depth must be at least half the diameter.
  • Laciniated:  Ray florets are split at the tip with the number and depth of the splits varying according to the size of the ray floret. The portion of the ray floret with the splits should uniformly twist or curl whether involute or revolute. The less mature ray florets should possess splits but do not have to twist or curl. In the ideal laciniated dahlia, the majority of ray florets will be uniformly arranged with a split, twist, or curl that conveys an overall fringed or frilled effect. Ray florets, slightly involute or revolute, that split regardless of length and remain generally flat are a major fault. Ray florets with a shallow notch or cleft and possessing little twisting to the extreme portion should not be classified as laciniated. The ideal depth is three-quarters the diameter of the bloom and should never be greater than its diameter.
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