(SPEC) Iris tuberosa var. longifolia Sweet
, 1800). Hermodactylus. Sweet in The British Flower Garden
, table 146 describes the Long-leaved Snake’s-head as Hermodactylus longifolius
. He provides the flollowing notes; “Root,
tubers varying from 1 to 2. Sheaths tightly surrounding the leaves at the base, varying in length, white, of a soft feel to the touch, somewhat inclining to membranaceous, but rather succulent, points soon decaying. Leaves very glaucescent, almost white, quadrangular, longitudinally striated; root ones frequently 3 to 4 ft in length, the largest above half an inch in circumferance”. Mathew’s The Iris
lists this as Genus Hermodactylus
but recent work at Kew indicates this will be returned to the Genus Iris
. Iris tuberosa
(Linn.) Salisbury ].
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