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(SPEC) Iris chinensis Curtis

Iris chinensis 1797, Curtis

Iris chinensis (William Curtis, 1797) in Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed ... London 11: t. 373. 1797 which included the following: Now Iris japonica; see also Iris fimbriata

[ 373 ] Iris Chinensis. Chinese Iris. Class and Order-Triandra Monogynia

Generic Character-Cor. 6-partita, inaequalis; laciniis alternis geniculate-patententibus. Stigmata petaliformia cucullato=bilabiata

Specific Character-Iris Chinensis radice repente, vaule paniculato multifloro, Floribus cristatis, stigmatibus laciniaris.

"The public are indebted to Mr. Evans of the India-House for the introduction of this plant from China, where its is a native. It flowered last year, at different periods, for the first time, in many collections near London; this irregularity of its blooming was occasioned, we resume by its being kept in different degrees of heat, in the stoves of some, and the green-houses of others; Mr. Thomson, Nurseryman of Mile-End, at the close of the year, had it growing very luxuriantly in the open ground; but the severe winter of 1796-1797, in which the thermometer at Brompton was three degrees below 0, destroyed it; nevertheless, there is no doubt but it will bear the cold of our ordinary winters, and thrive better in the open ground, in a moist situation, than in the stove, or greenhouse, in either of which, however, it will flower very well; and where the plant is luxuriant, continue to do so for a considerable length of time, the blossoms being numerous, and unfolding gradually: in a strong plant at Mr. Colvill's Nurseryman. King's-Road, we counted seven blossoms expanded at one time on its different branches. It differs from all other known Iris's, in having a root perfectly of the creeping kind, sending out shoots to a considerable distance, by which it is rendered very easy of propagation; its flowers, in form and colour, come nearest to those of Iris cristata, and have a considerable degree of fragrance."

A synonym of Iris japonica

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Topic revision: r4 - 25 Jan 2016, Harloiris
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