■ (SPEC) Iris obtusifolia Baker (a synonym of Iris imbricata Lindley)
( John Gilbert Baker
Curtis's Botanical Magazine, table 7701. 1900
; gives the following by Baker; "This new Iris is nearly allied to I. lutescens
. Lam. (Bot. Mag. t. 2861), and I. Statellae, Todaro (Bot. Mag. t. 6894), from both of which it differs by its laxly arranged obtuse leaves, very ventricose spathe-valves, and by having a sessile lateral cluster of flowers in addition to the end one. It was discovered by the late Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Lake Wells in the year 1895, in the province of Mazanderan, on the south of the Caspian Sea. Colonel Wells describes this province as " a lovely country, full of beautiful flowers, and amongst others I found a yellow Iris, growing beside the streams at an elevation of about seven thousand feet above sea-level." He sent it in 1897 to the Royal Gardens, Kew, in a living state, and our drawing was made from a plant that flowered in the bulb-house in April, 1899.
Description — Rootstoclc robust, shortly creeping. Leaves six, distichous, mostly basal, pale green, ligulate, obtuse, the largest six or eight inches long at the flowering season, by an inch broad. Stem a foot long, bearing one terminal and one sessile lateral cluster of flowers. Spathe-valves oblong-navicular, very ventricose, two or three inches long, pale green at the flowering season ; pedicels very short. Perianth sulphur-yellow ; tube very short ; outer segments of the limb obovate-cuneate, two inches by an inch broad above tbe middle, reflexing from the middle, furnished with an orange-yellow beard more than halfway up; inner segments erect, as long as the outer, cordate-orbicular, with a short, narrow claw. Style-branches pale yellow, an inch long ; crests deltoid, irregularly toothed on the outer edge. — J. G. Baker.
See accepted name Iris imbricata Lindley
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