■ (SPEC) hyrcana
Iridodyctium hycanum (Woronow ex Grossheim) Rodionenko
One of the earliest blooming iris from the reticulata group, often showing through snow. Flowers are 2.5-3 cm across, held less than 10 cm high, clear sky blue flushed lavender violet (in some clones) with a bright orange signal on the falls. Considerably smaller than I. reticulata
, to which it is closely related. Found in the mountains along the southwest Caspian Sea. First described from the Talysk range. Often shows the same habit*of splitting into seed bulblets after blooming, much like I. danfordiae
Köhlein,Fritz "Iris" (Ulmer Verlag 1981)
Synonyms; Iridodyctium hyrcanum
(Woronow ex Grossheim) Rodionenko
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