■ (SPEC) Iris sicula Tod. or 'Sicula'
1856, Botanical author Todaro
, 1856, Sicily, Pantellaria, Trapani, Sardenia). Section Iris
. TB; Early bloom season. Color Code B; Blue; Dammann 1893.
Although a few botanists have suggested this is a synonym of Iris pallida, it differs in growth pattern, chromosome count and the spathes are not scarious at bloom time.
| Iris sicula Tod., Nuov. Gen. Sp.: 7 (1858).
| Dykes in The Genus Iris, 1913, wrote "An extract from a letter from Todaro in Foster's MSS. says that this Iris is very common in Sicily but is found also in Pantellaria, Trapani, Lescara and Sardinia, and that it is distinguished from I. germanica and I. florentina by the fact that it loses its leaves when these retain them. This fact, combined with Todaro's statement in his original description that the spathes are only scarious at the apex and margin, points to a hybrid origin of the plant."
| Colasante, M.A. (2014). Iridaceae presenti in Italia: 1-415. Sapienza, Università Editrice, Roma."
2n=48, Brullo et al. 1997.
Distribution & Cultivation
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