| Foster in The Gardeners' Chronicle 26;p.389 & 391.fig 125. 1899, offered the following diagnosis, "This new Oncocyclus iris was collected for Messrs. Van Tubergen of Haarlem, on the Lebanon, near ain Sofar, at a considerable altitude. A large single flower, with very long, narrow spathe-valves, is borne on a scape about 10 inches high. The nearly elliptical fall, convex laterally, is of a dark purple, almost black color, brought about by very thickset, reticulate, blotched veins very little of which, however, is visible. Over the claw, and running over the hinder part of the blade is a straggling beard of scattered, long, dark purple hairs; in front of these the netted veins are fused together into a very indistinct "signal". Standard almost orbicular, with a groundwork nearly white, marked with thin, dark purple veins, most conspicuous near the margin, interspersed all over with dark purple dots. The dots are scattered, and the veins thin, so that the whole surface is much lighter in color than that of the fall. About a dozen dark purple, almost black, long hairs are scattered over the claw. The styles, placed horizontally, are large, broad, concave, dark purple, almost black, with large quadrate, crenate, not serrate crests, marked with branching blotched purple veins on a yellow ground. The ovary, with a short tube, is of the ordinary Oncocyclus type. The rhizome is large and compact, and the leaves relatively broad, 10 inches by nearly 1 inch, so broad as to seem, when young, those of an ordinary bearded iris.It was sent to Messrs. Van Tubergen as a variety of lortetii, but from this it is widely different. It comes nearest to sari, but differs from this in the form of the segments in their venation and color. It is a handsome iris, well worth cultivating.