Difference: Info1917VariationInFormOfIrisBliss (r2 vs. r1)

r2 - 28 Aug 2016 - 10:30 - Main.af.83 r1 - 01 Jul 2014 - 13:14 - BobPries
  

Besides the malformations noted in the article, another may be mentioned of a somewhat different nature, but which appears to be more definite, and to be inherited as a distinct unit character. In Iris plicata Mme Chéreau, and in several other Plicata varieties, the falls are cockled at the tips, and the blade is lopsided or bilaterally unequal. All the flowers are affected, though in varying degree, and only very occasionally can a flower be found with perfect or nearly perfect falls. This malformation, or one more or less similar, also occurs, but, in my experience, more rarely, in varieties and seedlings of other sections of bearded Irises, and seems to be especially associated with the Plicata type. Among seedlings from Mme Chéreau many will have similar malformed falls, in some cases so accentuated that the whole blade is contorted and crunipled up and partly aborted, but only in those which also display the Plicata type of form and colour. Non-plicata seedlings from the same cross and the same pod of seed have normal flowers, with no cockling of the tips of the falls, though occasionally there is some creasing or crumpling of the petals, and the blade is often still lopsided. Although this malformation is exhibited in so slight a degree in the best and newest Plicata varieties, that from a garden point of view it is negligible, it is always present when the form of the flowers is of the Pallida type, and the only Plicata (colour type) that I have seen entirely free from it is one which has flowers of the Variegata or Neglecta type — that is, with oval instead of cuneate falls.

The lopsidedness of the blade of the falls may be connected with this cockling of the tips, but it is a much more general malformation; few, if any, bearded Irises of the Pallida type are free from it. It is, in fact, so general that perhaps it may be due to the development of the flower, and the folding of the segments in the bud, as the deficient half of the blade is always to the right. This imperfection in the individual flower is noticed by few, and, perhaps, does not detract from the general effect in the border, but it is an eyesore to the florist. The fact is that the race of bearded Irises is in the making, and at present, for all their general beauty, there are none among the standard varieties that does not show some imperfection or other. Among the newer varieties there are some now, such as Monsignor and Ed. Michel, and some of Sir M. Foster's later seedlings, that are approaching an ideal standard of form and colour. But what is needed is the patient and -single-minded work of men such as those who have given us the Auricula and Dahlia, Chrysanthemum and Rose, to perfect the individual flower, and we may hope that among those who come back from the war there will be many to whom such work will appeal.---- A. J. Bliss.

Besides the malformations noted in the article, another may be mentioned of a somewhat different nature, but which appears to be more definite, and to be inherited as a distinct unit character. In Iris plicata Mme. Chereau, and in several other Plicata varieties, the falls are cockled at the tips, and the blade is lopsided or bilaterally unequal. All the flowers are affected, though in varying degree, and only very occasionally can a flower be found with perfect or nearly perfect falls. This malformation, or one more or less similar, also occurs, but, in my experience, more rarely, in varieties and seedlings of other sections of bearded Irises, and seems to be especially associated with the Plicata type. Among seedlings from Mme. Chereau many will have similar malformed falls, in some cases so accentuated that the whole blade is contorted and crunipled up and partly aborted, but only in those which also display the Plicata type of form and colour. Non-plicata seedlings from the same cross and the same pod of seed have normal flowers, with no cockling of the tips of the falls, though occasionally there is some creasing or crumpling of the petals, and the blade is often still lopsided. Although this malformation is exhibited in so slight a degree in the best and newest Plicata varieties, that from a garden point of view it is negligible, it is always present when the form of the flowers is of the Pallida type, and the only Plicata (colour type) that I have seen entirely free from it is one which has flowers of the Variegata or Neglecta type — that is, with oval instead of cuneate falls.

The lopsidedness of the blade of the falls may be connected with this cockling of the tips, but it is a much more general malformation; few, if any, bearded Irises of the Pallida type are free from it. It is, in fact, so general that perhaps it may be due to the development of the flower, and the folding of the segments in the bud, as the deficient half of the blade is always to the right. This imperfection in the individual flower is noticed by few, and, perhaps, does not detract from the general effect in the border, but it is an eyesore to the florist. The fact is that the race of bearded Irises is in the making, and at present, for all their general beauty, there are none among the standard varieties that does not show some imperfection or other. Among the newer varieties there are some now, such as Monsignor and Ed. Michel, and some of Sir M. Foster's later seedlings, that are approaching an ideal standard of form and colour. But what is needed is the patient and -single-minded work of men such as those who have given us the Auricula and Dahlia, Chrysanthemum and Rose, to perfect the individual flower, and we may hope that among those who come back from the war there will be many to whom such work will appeal.---- A. J. Bliss.

r2 - 28 Aug 2016 - 10:30 - Main.af.83 r1 - 01 Jul 2014 - 13:14 - BobPries

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