■ (SPEC) Iris wattii Baker
1892, Botanical author Baker
_Iris wattii_ Baker
( John Gilbert Baker
, 1892, Himalayas & China); Subgenus Limniris
, Section Lophiris
. Ev. Color Code-B1L; 25-50" (100-200 cm) Light blue self;
| Baker's original description in 'Handbook of the Irideae' 17. 1892 gives the following description; "Leaves ensiform, 1 1/2 ft. long. 1 1/2 in. broad at the middle at the flowering season. Stem not overtopping the leaves, bearing 5-6 heads on erecto-patent peduncles in a regular raceme. Spathes 2-3 flowered; outer valve thin, green, lanceolate-acuminate, 2 in. long; the next much shorter; pedicels about an inch long, articulated at the apex. Perianth-tube indibuliform, 1/2 in. long; limb pale lavender-blue; falls with an obovate blade 3/4 in broad, as long as the haft, spotted and striped with dark purple and at the throat with yellow, apparently not crested (probably being described from a dried, pressed specimen); standards rather shorter, oblong-unguiculaste, 1.2 in. broad. Style-branches an inch long; crests deltoid, deeply laciniated. Capsule small, oblong, obtusely trigonous. Hab. Manipur; summit of Kongui Hill, alt. 6,000 ft.. Watt 6337. Habit of tectorum".
| Berry 1927; 1938; Van T. 1932;
| Fig. 25. Waddick & Zhao, Iris of China, 1992, illustrated in color.
| The Gardeners' Chronicle 3rd Ser. 97: 411. 22 June 1935, illustrated; 413. 4 Dec., & 432. 11 Dec. 1937;
| A.M., R.H.S. 1938; Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society 63: 6, 292. June 1938 (shown by Lord Aberconway);
| Considered in 1939 checklist as "a form of Iris milesii; mixed with Iris confusa;
2n=30, Simonet, 1934; 2n=30, Lenz, 1959; 2n=30, Chimphamba, 1973. ----
Registered as cultivar 'Wattii'.
Iris wattii cultivars: 'Biswat'
, 'Johnston clone'
, 'The Ellis Wattii', 'Trengwainton', 'Ward's Form'
, 'Wattii Alba', ----
Iris wattii crosses 'Bourne Noble'
, 'False Isis', 'Grazyna'
, 'Queens Grace'
, 'Question Mark'
, 'Tengchong Lace'
, 'Tenchong Princess'
, 'The Ridges',
¼ Iris wattii crosses 'Darjeeling
Advanced Iris wattii crosses 'Beauty Crest'
Distribution & Cultivation
Assam to China (Yunnan)
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