(SPEC) Iris flavissima Pallas = Iris humilis Georgi
(Peter(Pyotr) Simon von Pallas
, around 1773*) Section Psammiris
. Classified by Mathew as a synonym of Iris humilis Georgi
Mallet notes in ; "Iris flavissima. A very bright-flowered Iris, of small growth, possessing roots and leaves like those of an Oncocyclus Iris, and a flower most resembling Iris xiphium in shape. The leaves are sparsely produced, and rarely exceed 4 inches in length. The flowers, borne in pairs, are of a rich lemon-yellow tint, and measure 1 J in. across, and attain a height of 6 inches. The falls are furnished with a wide, median, hairy ridge of an orange-yellow tint ; the blades very long and broad, as in I. juncea ; the standards spatulate, erect, half the size of the falls; and the style branches are relatively small. The basal half of each segment is chequered purple, green, and brown, resembling Iris Bakeriana in this respect ; thus one each of the characteristics of three distinct tribes of Iris are embodied in this little plant. Every tiny bit of the plant seems capable of flowering, and the flowers have a fragrance resembling that of Vanilla. The plants mentioned above are natives of Asia Minor, and the regions in which Iris flavissima is found extend considerably northwards. The plants have flowered recently in the nurseries of Metsrs. Wallace & Co., Colchester. Geo. B. Mallett."
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