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■ (SPEC) Iris narbutii Fedts.

1905, Botanical author FedtschenkoNarbutii

Iris narbutii Fedts. (Olga Fedtschenko, 1905, Central Asia: Syr-Darya and Tadjikistan, Pamir-Altai Mountains). Subgenus Scorpiris (Juno). Height 2-4" (5-10 cm), Standards bright violet hanging downward conspicuously large for a Juno about 3.5-5 cm long. Falls upright, with the blade bent downward dark violet with a white margin and central yellow signal surrounding a prominent crest. Style arms pale violet or yellowish.

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original description in Bull. J. Bot. Pet. 5, 159 (1905)
Dykes in The Genus Iris, 1913 knew this Iris under the name I. hissarica O. Fedtschenko; He offered the following;

Rootstock , a long-necked bulb of the Juno type.
Leaves , narrow, rising above the flowers, somewhat wavy, falcate.
Stem , hardly produced at all.
Spathes , green, scarious at the tip.
Tube , gradually growing wider in the upper part, slightly overtopping the spathe. Falls , yellowish with a deep violet blade, edged with white. The small ovate blade is less than half as long as the haft. The central crest is white.
Standards , elongated, two-thirds as long as the falls, obtuse, gradually narrowing to the haft; the colour is violet.

The plant was described only from a dried specimen and this probably accounts for the statement that the falls are yellow and violet. (A pale lilac would usually appear yellow in a dried specimen.) Mme Fedtschenko places I. hissarica near I. Narbutii and I.. dengerensis, from which she distinguishes it by the narrower leaves and the colour of the flowers. The standards are shorter than those of I. Narbuti.</br
[N.B. There is obviously some uncertainty about this plant, for in the paper in the Journ. Bot. Russ. ( 1909) the flowers are described simply as yellow. After examining the specimen quoted I am inclined to look upon this plant as merely an example of I. Rosenbachiana but owing to the imperfect material it is impossible to feel much confidence in any such identification.]
Komarov, V.L. (ed.) (1935). Flora SSSR 4: 1-586. Izdatel'stov Akademii Nauk SSSR, Leningrad.
A Guide to Species Irises, their Identification and Cultivation, The Species Group of The British Iris Society, 1997, Cambridge;
Khassanov, F.O. & Rakhimova, N. (2012). Taxonomic revision of the genus Iris L. (Iridaceae Juss.) for the flora of central Asia. Stapfia 97: 174-179.


Iris caucasica var. oculata Maxim., Bull. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg, sér. 3, 26: 505 (1880).

Iris dengerensis B.Fedtsch., Izv. Imp. S.-Peterburgsk. Bot. Sada 5: 157 (1905).

Iris hissarica O.Fedtsch. ex Kneuck., Allg. Bot. Z. Syst. 11: 157 (1905).

Juno dengernsis (B.Fedtsch.) Kamelin, Florogenet. Anal. Estest. Fl. Gorn. Sred. Azii: 252 (1973), contrary Art. 41.5 (Melbourne Code, 2012).

Juno dengerensis (B.Fedtsch.) Soják, Cas. Nár. Mus., Odd. Prír. 150: 138 (1982).

Juno narbutii (O.Fedtsch.) Vved., Fl. Uzbekistan. 1: 515 (1941).


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Distribution and Cultivation

Distribution: Region:
Cultivation: seems to be the same as most bearded irises with perhaps a special emphasis on good drainage


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Topic revision: r11 - 06 Apr 2019, Betsy881
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