CAMELLIA FLOWER FORMS & SIZES

SINGLE

One layer of up to 8 petals, surrounding a central stamen cluster. Many sasanquas and species are this form. E.g. 'Spencer's Pink', 'Yuletide'.

SEMI-DOUBLE

Two or more layers of 9 or more petals, again surrounding a central bunch of stamens. E.g. 'The Czar', 'White Nun'.

ANEMONE FORM

One or more rows of large outer petals, lying flat or undulating, the centre a convex mass of petaloids and stamens. E.g. 'Elegans'.

PEONY FORM

Also called informal double. Many layers of irregular and waved petals. E.g. 'Debutante', 'Tomorrow'.

ROSE FORM DOUBLE

Many layers of petals. The flower opens as a formal double, but when fully open shows stamens in the centre. E.g. 'Tabbs'.

FORMAL DOUBLE

Many rows of regular petals, building up to the centre, and never showing stamens. E.g. 'Otome', 'Desire'.

SIZES

Miniature 6 cm or less in diameter

Small 6 - 7.5 cm

Medium 7.5 - 10 cm

Large 10cm - 13 cm

Very Large over 13 cm

Many exhibitors make themselves a card with semi-circles of 6, 7.5, 10 and 13 cms diameter cut out, and labelled, to act as a gauge.

Included with NSW Camellia Research Society Newsletter, February 2004

Drawing & Description of 'Rose Form Double' from 'Camellia Culture', QLD Camellia Society, 1997