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(SPEC) Iris tuberosa var. longifolia Sweet

1800, Sweet

‘Longifolius’. (Robert 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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