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Iris reichenbachii

Botanical Name: Iris reichenbachii (added by D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

Botanical Synonyms:

Iris balkana (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

I. balkana, I. bosniaca, I. macedonica, I. skorpilii (D. Kramb, 30-SEP-04)


Eupogon (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

Eupogon, MDB (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Common Names:

Bearded iris (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

Chromosome Count:

2n=24, 48 (tetraploid?) (D. Kramb, 30-SEP-04)

2n=24; 2n=4x=48: most clones distibuted as I. balkana are tetraploid; those distributed as I. reichenbachii include both diploid and tetraploid plants (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

General Description:

4"-12" (10-30cm) tall, with yellow or purple flowers (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

1-2 terminal flowers, sometimes with a short branch bearing another bud; colors yellow (with or without brownish markings on falls), smoky brown, smoky violet (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Distinguishing Features:

Rounded bracts (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Correction: keeled bracts (Tom Waters, 10-DEC-11)

Preferred Habitat:

Sunny, well drained soil (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)



Native Range:

Greece, Bulgaria, Romania (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:


Sources Cited:

Info entered on 30-SEP-04 comes from the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species. (D. Kramb, 30-SEP-04)

The Iris (Brian Mathew) (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Additional Comments:


Where to buy it:

Arrowhead Alpines

Paul Christian Rare Plants UK

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