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(SPEC) Iris Kobayashii

1933, botanist Kitagawa

Iris kobayashii Kitagawa (Masao Kitagawa, 1933, Mandchuria). Section Limniris, Series Tenuifoliae. M. Kitagawa in The Journal of Japanese Botany ix. 246-250. The British Iris Society's A guide to Species Irises, 1997 provides the following description. "Rhizome short, lumpy, tough, with strong fleshy roots. Leaves 10-15 cm long, 0.2-0.3 cm wide, apex pointed, overtopping flowers, spiralling slightly. Stems very short, sometimes subterranean, 2-flowered, spathes to 8 cm long, 1 cm wide, lanceolate; pedicel to 1.5 cm;

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Iris kobayashii Kitag., J. Jap. Bot. 9: 249 (1933).
Yutang, Z., Noltie, H.J. & Mathew, B. (2000). Flora of China 24: 297-313. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis

Iris kobayashii Kitagawa, J. Jap. Bot. 9: 249. 1933.
矮鸢尾 ai yuan wei

Rhizomes short, stout, woody. Leaves linear, slightly twisted, 10--20 cm × ca. 3 mm, midvein absent, base surrounded by yellowish brown, persistent sheaths. Flowering stems not emerging above ground; spathes 2 or 3, narrowly lanceolate, 6--8 cm × 8--10 mm, 2-flowered, apex long acuminate. Flowers yellow, purple spotted, 3--5 cm in diam.; pedicel ca. 1 cm. Perianth tube 4--5 cm, slender; outer segments narrowly oblanceolate, ca. 3 cm × 5 mm, limb spreading; inner segments erect, narrowly oblanceolate, ca. 2 cm × 2--3 mm. Stamens 1.5--1.8 cm; anthers yellowish or purplish. Ovary ca. 1 cm. Style branches shorter and narrower than perianth segments. Capsule ellipsoid, ca. 2 cm × 7--8 mm, 6-ribbed, apex shortly beaked. Fl. May, fr. Jun--Aug.

Dry hillsides. S Liaoning. An endangered species.

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