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Iris munzii

Botanical Name: Iris munzii (added by D. Kramb, 06-JAN-04)

Botanical Synonyms:



Californicae, Pacific Coast Native (D. Kramb, 06-JAN-04)

Common Names:

Munz's Iris (D. Kramb, 06-JAN-04)

Chromosome Count:

2n=40 according to the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species. (D. Kramb, 29-SEP-04)

General Description:

Lavender to reddish-purple. (D. Kramb, 06-JAN-04)

Grows up to 30" tall with flowers in blue to deep reddish-purple. (D. Kramb, 29-SEP-04)

Distinguishing Features:

Large plants with broad ( inch), long (20 inches) blue-green leaves. Tall (2 to 3 feet), unbranched stalks bear 3-4 large lavender flowers. Floral tube short and stout. Spathes separate, open, ovary exposed. (D. Kramb, 06-JAN-04)

Preferred Habitat:

Moist, moderately shaded grassland and streamsides. (D. Kramb, 06-JAN-04)

Often under diciduous trees, particularly oak, providing winter sun & summer shade. Usually in steep drainages. Habitat is dry in the summer. (Ken Walker, 29-APR-07)



Native Range:

USA (CA) - Endemic to the Sierra Nevada foothills in Tulare County, California. 1,800 to 4,000 feet elevation. (D. Kramb, 06-JAN-04)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:

Very rare due to difficulty keeping species healthy & alive in cultivation. Wild collected seed is rarely available through the SPCNI seed exchange. (Ken Walker, 29-APR-07)

Sources Cited:

Information entered on 06-JAN-04 comes from the Pacific Coast Native Iris club website. (D. Kramb, 06-JAN-04)

Additional Comments:

Http://www.pacificcoastiris.org/ (D. Kramb, 06-JAN-04)

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