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1916, Leichtlin

'Melaina' (Max Leichtlin). Ret. "Leichtlin's name of Melaina, or black, is very appropriate, for the tips of the falls are of the most intense, velvety, dark reddish-black-purple. The central portion is white with a number of irregular linear blotches of the same color. It is interesting to note that, although all the members of my present little colony of bulbs have sprung as offsets from one original bulb, yet the markings are never exactly similar on any two flowers. Differences, at any rate in color, can therefore arise in individuals that have originated in vegetative, as opposed to sexual, methods of increase"--Dykes, . Gardeners' Chronicle 3rd. Ser. 65: 72. 15 Feb. 1919, Gardeners' Chronicle 62: 155. 18 March 1916, illustrated; Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society 42: 196. Oct. 1916, Dykes concluded this was of hybrid origin because its leaves have six ribs, reticulata has four ribs, and bakeriana has eight ribs. ( probably Iris reticulata X Iris bakeriana). Iris reticulata Bieb. X Iris bakeriana Foster.

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