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Comparison of the Munsell and Royal Horticultural Society's color charts in describing flower color

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Abstract:

The flower color of daylily (Hemerocallis L.) cultivars at the U. S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C. was documented using the Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart (RHSCC) and the Munsell Book of Color (MBC). The RHSCC descriptions did not allow discrimination between cultivars that were distinguishable by eye. The MBC, however, allowed the description of colors that fell between color chart chips, and had the ability to compare the specific color attributes of different cultivars of similar color. The ability to interpolate colors with the MBC allows a greater accuracy in documentation and discrimination of floral color.

Keywords: COLOR DESCRIPTIONS; HEMEROCALLIS; MUNSELL COLOR CHART

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit, U. S. National Arboretum, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Building 010-A, Beltsville, Maryland 20705, U.S.A. 2: 5803 New England Woods Drive, Burke, Virginia 22015, U.S.A.

Publication date: 2005-08-01

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