THE CLASSIC SPIDERS - What is a Classic Spider?
A cultivar classified as a CLASSIC SPIDER must have very slender tepals (petals and sepals) with a length to width ratio of at least 5.0 - 1 or higher, small closures (the measurement across the heart of the flower where the tepals connect with the perianth tube) and realtively flat faces. If the closure is too full (some collectors and breeders prefer a closure of 1.5inches or smaller) is too full or the flower too closed, it is referred to as a CLASSIC STAR (see Gallery Links below).
To determine the ratios, please click on this link and wait a few moments for it to load for you. A window will open with images and texts donated by the New York breeder of tetraploid Exotic Forms, Bob Schwarz: MEASURING for SPIDERS
There are numerous cultivars listed as CLASSIC SPIDERS which are, however, too closed in the heart, too full in tepal shape or simply the more common star or lily-shaped flowers that the registrant wished to have included in the category of rather rare forms. Even cultivars published with Classic Pider proportions of 5.0-1 or more many not be true Classic Spiders. (exmpl.: TYLWYTH TEG)
Please note the linear elegance of these true Classic Spiders and compare them with the equally beautiful, less open CLASSIC STARS in the gallery below.
 
WILDEST DREAMS
AABACHEE
ANDROID
FOL DE ROL
GARDEN PORTRAIT
TOMORROW'S SONG
KINDLY LIGHT
LACY MARIONETTE
CLASSIC STARS
This category may seem odd to newcomers to the Spider Forms, but the expression "Classic Star" has been used by collectors and breeder ever since Rosemary Whitacre began to research the surviving spider-like and exotic forms in the 1980's. This category was to illustrate the distinction between a slender flower form which is closed somewhat inthe heart of the blossom and those (above) which are slender but open in the heart. This opening of the flower form was measured in what was referred to as "CLOSURE" i.e. the distance across the heart of the blossom. Click on a few of the flowers below and then click on those above and one will quickly ascertain the difference in expression and form. Becasue the American Hemerocallis Society requires the cutting / disecting of the flowers in order to measure them (MEASURING for SPIDERS), this important aspect of closure is lost in the official registrations. In order to know if the particular cultivar is a true Classic Spider, one has to also know if the flower, as standing naturally, is flat and open. Click here for an illustration of CLOSURE.
TYLWYTH TEG
GREEN SPIDER
PARFAIT
CLEOPATRA
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