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Iris sikkimensis

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Botanical Name: Iris sikkimensis (added by D. Kramb, 02-OCT-04)

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Pseudoregelia, Dwarf bearded iris (D. Kramb, 02-OCT-04)

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General Description:

Grows to 6" tall with flowers in lilac or purple, mottled darker. (D. Kramb, 02-OCT-04)

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Native Range:

Presumably Sikkim (a region in the eastern Himalays in India). (D. Kramb, 02-OCT-04)

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Sources Cited:

Info entered on 02-OCT-04 comes from the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species. (D. Kramb, 02-OCT-04)

"Does Iris sikkimensis Dykes occur in India?" , CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 89, NO. 10, 25 NOVEMBER 2005 http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/nov252005/1665.pdf (Ken Walker, 20-APR-06)

Additional Comments:

There are many nurseries in the USA carrying a beardless iris under the species name Iris sikkimensis. However, as a pseudoregelia, this is a bearded species. It is unfortunate that this imposter is increasingly common in trade. The varieties I've seen have all been Siberian irises. Caveat emptor!!!! (D. Kramb, 02-OCT-04)

Iris sikkimensis was described by Dykes from a single purportedly wild-collected specimen. Dykes plant appears to no longer be in cultivation and no other wild specimen has ever been collected. Dykes observations suggest a sterile hybrid between I. hookeriana and I. kemaonensis, even though the supposed collection site was not in the range of I. hookeriana. (Ken Walker, 20-APR-06)

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