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Iris bracteata

Botanical Name: Iris bracteata (added by D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Botanical Synonyms:



Californicae, Pacific Coast Native Iris (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Common Names:

Siskiyou Iris (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Chromosome Count:

2n=40 according to the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species. (D. Kramb, 14-SEP-04)

General Description:

Large cream to golden-yellow flowers, marked with reddish-brown lines. A deep golden zone often seen in center of petal. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Distinguishing Features:

Stems mostly encased with short green or brown overlapping bract-like leaves. Flower tube short (around %BC inch) and stout. Leaves broad (%BD inch), thick, stiff and distinctly two-sided. Base of leaves and stalk usually tinted pink to reddish-brown. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Preferred Habitat:

Found in shaded sites in dry pine forest, or in meadows in the shade of large shrubs or bracken ferns. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)



Native Range:

USA (CA, OR) - in the Siskiyou Mountains. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:


Sources Cited:

Information entered on 05-JAN-04 comes from the Pacific Coast Native Iris Group website. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Additional Comments:

Http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pacificcoastiris.org%2F (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Where to buy it:

Fraser's Thimble Farms


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