(SPEC) Iris persica var. mardinensis, 'Mardinensis'
1957, Davis and Hedges
(Davis and Hedges, 1957, Mardin, Turkey, 3,000 feet). Iris persica
. "Style-arms are a curious grey-green, edged and frilled with off-white, and form a prominent part of the flower. The waved falls are black-purple except for an edging or border of the same colour as the style-arms. They flare attractively, and are set off by a fluffy-looking almost buttercup yellow crest adorned with minute spots of the same black-purple. The standards are insignificant, of a nondescript greenish grey, and flare out horizontally at a lower level than the falls. These are so waved or scalloped that the part on the level of the stigmatic lip on the style-arms is in fact the widest, thus giving the flower its characteristic appearance. The whole effect, from a short distance, is of a greyish green flower, with blotches of dark purple relieved by yellow, emerging from dwarf foliage of a brighter green."—From The Iris Year Book 1958
, p. 16. Illustrated on facing page. Shown January 21st
1958. Iris persica
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