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Iris imbricata

Botanical Name: Iris imbricata (added by D. Kramb, 14-FEB-04)

Botanical Synonyms:

Iris sulpurea, I. talischii, I. obtusifolia (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)


Eupogon (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

Common Names:


Chromosome Count:

2n=24 (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

General Description:

It has numerous light yellow flowers on 12 to 20 inch stems, sometimes almost chartreuse. (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

Grows 12" to 24" tall. Flowers are pale yellow, hafts veined brown, with yellow beards. Blue forms are noted to exist by Rodionenko. (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)

Distinguishing Features:

Its inflated green spathe valves look like translucent green pea pods. (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

Preferred Habitat:

Mountainous areas (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)


May not perform well in areas with wet winters. (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

Native Range:

Mountainous areas from 1400 to 3000 meters in Iran and Armenia (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

Caspian Sea, Iran, eastern Transcaucasia (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:


Sources Cited:

Info entered on 05-SEP-04 comes from the fall 1998 SIGNA bulletin #61, page 3148. (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

Info entered on 21-SEP-04 comes from the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species. (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)

Additional Comments:

This species is closely related to Iris taochia. (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)

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