Glossary of Orchid Awards
HCC - Highly Commended Certificate
A flower from this plant has scored 75-79 points on a scale of 100. This means that the flower is good, but there is room for improvement.
AM - Award of Merit
This means that a flower from this plant has scored from 80-89 points on a scale of 100.
FCC - First Class Certificate
A flower awarded a FCC has scored over 90 points on a scale of 100 points. It indicates an extremely high quality.
In addition, if you go to an orchid show, you will probably see many of these additional awards:
AD - Award of Distinction
This award is specifically awarded to recognize new and exciting directions for breeding.
AQ - Award of Quality
Recognizes high quality new breeding.
CBR - Certificate of Botanical Recognition
This certificate is generally awarded the first time a specific species is shown at a show hosted by the awarding board such as the AOS.
CCM - Certificate of Cultural Merit
This is a prize for the grower rather than the flower. It recognizes excellence in horticulture.
CCE - Certificate of Cultural Excellence
This is a certificate which is given only to those plants whose grower has shown an outstanding degree of horticultural care. It is given to a plant that receives more than 90 points on a 100 point scale for Cultural Merit.
CHM - Certificate of Horticultural Merit
This certificate is given for species or natural hybrids only for outstanding cultural _______.
JC - Judges' Commendation
This is an award that can be given at the Judge's discretion for an exceptional plant which does not fit into any other award category. It requires a unanimous decision by all judges a t the exhibit to be awarded.
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