RH ( C. G. Van Tubergen
) AR. pink to red toned blend, dark. Probably I. korolkowii
violacea X I. stolonifera
v. Leichtlinii. Van Tubergen 1921
| Some contradictory information from The Garden p.267, June 3, 1922: Iris Regelio-cyclus 'Orestes'. "A fascinating Iris which is much easier to admire than to describe. It has all the grace and charm of this group, which is the result of intercrossing Iris Regelia with Iris Oncocyclus. The delicately veined standards are bronzy-mauve coloured, and the falls are shaded purple lake. The delicate beard is sap-green, and there are twin emerald lines on the style arms. Award of merit to Messrs. Barr and Sons."
| From The Court of Iris catalog, 1955: Orestes was the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and had two sisters-Iphigenia and Electra. The flowers are of a rich mahogany-red with a brown beard. It is slightly frilled and waved and an iridescence of purple and violet gives much brilliance. Very early bloom. 18". $1.00.
| From Supplement To The Comprehensive Checklist of Aril and Arilbred Iris by Sharon McAllister, April 2000: ORESTES AR (C. G. Van Tubergen, BRS). Sdlg # NIA. Parentage unknown, probably Lkorolkowii X L stolonifera. AIS Color Class: S9D (red squalens with bitone pattern). '76 CL: Pink to red-toned blend, dark. Rainbow: "VE to E-18". A uniform rich mahogany red, tastefully decorated with a brown beard, highlighted with bright violet iridescence." Vallette: "mahogany-red self, brown beard." Van Tubergen, 1921. Notes: Name approved; counted as a 32-chromosome triploid, an RH in both systems; '76 CL gives parentage as probably I.korolkowii X I stolonifera but Court of Iris gives I korolkowii violacea x I stolonifera v. Leichtlinii. Ref: AIS '39, p. 410; ASI '76, p. 63; ASI '78 YB, p. 64; Vallette, p. 170.
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