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(SPEC) 'Chamaeiris Alba'

1876, botanical author Van Houtte

'Chamaeiris Alba' ( Louis Benoit Van Houtte, 1876). DB; Early bloom. Color Class-W4; creamy yellow-white self; Van Houtte; 1876; Barr 1889.
The Cornell Agriculture Experimental Station Memoir #100, 1926, provides the following description: "Color effect a creamy white to a slightly darker sulfur-white; size small; form short, open, rounded; flowering habit shy to free; dwarf bearded class; height 4-12 in.; not branched. A flower of moderately poor substance; frail texture; smooth or slightly cxreped surface; good fragrance; poor lasting quality. Its dwarf, smallish flowers bloom early, so that their sulfury mass is interesting.

"Standards cream-white, tinged with purplish at the extreme base of the claw; carriage cupped, arched; blade ovate, notched, undulate, ruffled, revolute, crumpled; size ¾ in. wide, 1 ½ in. long. Falls massicot yellow, slightly tinged with green, reticulated with light brown; carriage flaring; shape spatulate, convex; smooth; size ¾ in. wide, 1 ½ in. long. Minor parts: beard fine, dense, projecting, tipped with yellow at base; haft broad, channeled; reticulations fine widely spaced; style-branches very narrow, erect; crest small, recurved, fringed; pollen plentiful; spathe-valves green, one-third scarious, inflated. Growth weak; increase slow; habit open; foliage stiff, leaves slender, glaucous yellow-green; stalk erect, with 1 bud to a sheath."

Synonym: a variety of Iris lutescens Lam..

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Topic revision: r5 - 25 Jan 2016, Harloiris
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