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|To me, purple and orange only mean dark colours, just as red does, with lilac (or mauve) and apricot being the counterparts of pink. I would not call lilac a pale purple any more than I would call baby girl pink a pale red. This was pretty standard until about the turn of the millenium around here, but I now see many pale things labeled as purple or orange.
Bronze is just silly. Especially when you have an apricot flower with purplish leaves, and both leaves and flower are being called bronze.
Then there is the issue that Dahlias do not have a fixed colour, they have a colour range. The degree of light and dark varies. "Salmon" blooms shift from more yellow to more pink. "Lavender" blooms may be pink at times and lilac at others.
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/