Orchids forum: Floof scale

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 9, 2017 1:23 PM CST

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Talking about Floofy Orchids -
Years ago I lifted the floof-scale from the Orchidsource forum:
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For those needing a refresher on the floof designations, here they are:

-20 to 0 - WOnderfully Weird (WOW/FJS)
1 to 20 - Nary a Floof (NAF/FJS)
21 to 40 - Decidedly UNfloofy (DUN/FJS)
41 to 60 - Touch of Floof (TOF/FJS)
61 to 80 - DEcidedly Floofy (DEF/FJS)
81 to 100 - Floofy, Fluffy, Flouncy, and Frou-frou (FFFF /FJS)
101 to 120 - Above and BeyOnd Floof (ABOF / FJS)

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And for those needing a refresher on the floof score categories, here they are:

Color (20 points): a monotone flower would get zilch in this category, a five-colored-splash-petaled-floofy-monstrosity would get 20.
Ruffle (20 points): are edges of sepals/petals ruffly?
Fringe (20 points): 0 points for no fringe, 20 points for something like Rhyncholaelia (Brassavola) digbyana
Petals (20 points): are petals highly crowded/overlapping or simply crowd out the light like a "dinnerplate" vanda? If so, give that puppy 20 points.
Doodaflatchies (20 points): other odd protuberances or parts of the flower not covered by fringe or ruffle.
Discretionary: (+- 20 points) add (or subtract) up to 20 points to weight the floof score more in the direction that you want. If you're a LOF (lover of floof), you can add points for things like "texture, balance, overall prettiness". If you're a HOF (hater of floof), you can subtract up to 20 points for things such as "weirdness, ugliness, plainness", etc. NOTE: this can also be used to weight a score the opposite of your floof preference to help something more line up with your gut feeling as to its floof level.

(Floof Scale was created by OrchidSource members including Fiona, Lynne and others.)




Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Aug 9, 2017 2:13 PM CST
I wonder if Bill will use this when judging our Orchid Expo in October? Hilarious!

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 9, 2017 3:15 PM CST

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Oh @BigBill, do you?
Name: Bill
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BigBill
Aug 9, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Do I use a Floof scale? No, I never have. But now that I am aware of it, I will take a crash course in the "Floofness of Orchids, the Good, the Bad and the Floofy" and be ready to judge the entries properly.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 9, 2017 3:30 PM CST
I like it!

These might gain some extra points on the floof-scale.

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 9, 2017 3:32 PM CST

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Thumbs up 😇 Smiling Bill!

Ken, nr 4 is is off the charts! At least a 120!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 9, 2017 3:44 PM CST
I did not want to show too many of those, Ursula. You know, kids might be looking in and wouldn't want to hurt their eyes. OK, I will quit with these.

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BigBill
Aug 9, 2017 3:52 PM CST
Wonderful flowers each and every one. #4 in the first batch and the middle one of the second batch are just fantastic flowers.
I have been schooled in Floofness and will now generally award plants according to "MFF"!!! ( MajorFreakinFloofness) forget size, forget form, forget floriferousness, Floofness reigns supreme!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Bill
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BigBill
Aug 9, 2017 3:54 PM CST
Instead of 40 points for form, it is now three for form, 37 for floof.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 9, 2017 3:58 PM CST

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Some of those remind me of then Pot. Dick Smith. I remember even Klaus questioning my sanity, when I bought it!! I still have that plant!
Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Aug 9, 2017 4:08 PM CST
I'm so glad you reposted this Ursula...it's clearly helpful!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 9, 2017 8:23 PM CST
I have had Pot. Dick Smith (the name has surely changed) for years, Ursula.

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 10, 2017 7:30 AM CST

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I just had to look it up, it is now Rlc Dick Smith. The colors are ridiculously FFFF!
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 10, 2017 7:55 AM CST

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I added another link on top of the pictures to the right of our Orchid forum homepage. If you would like to do a quick look/see if the name is still valid, plug in the old name into the search function (at orchidroots.com). I just typed in Potinara Dick Smith and the revised name came up.
Following the links at Orchidroots.com, you can also check the abbreviations. Looks like a useful site!
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