Difference: InfoNumberOfIrisNames (r2 vs. r1)

Number Of Iris Names April 25/2016

How Many Irises Are there?

Since there is a page for each Iris name The Table below provides a good estimate of all irises named.

All types of Iris63,223
Total Beardless, and all species 10,156
Aril 419
Arilbred 1808
Aril + Arilbred 2227
Border Bearded 1667
Intermediates (IB) 2754
Miniatures (MTB) 727
Standards (SDB) 5145
Total Medians 10293
(MDB) 1565
Tall Bearded 38,982
All Bearded 53,067
Japanese 2052
Louisianas 2345
Pacific Coast 1145
Siberians 1609
Spurias 916
Species Cross 664
Species 1425

How accurate are these numbers?

These numbers are compiled by counting the pages for each in the Encyclopedia for each category:

  • This means the numbers are smaller than expected for these reasons: *Some iris are still in the process of being registered for this year *There are irises named in commerce that have never been registered and may not have been found *Some Irises that were recorded early in Iris history were considered obsolete and had disappeared from commerce. These are still in the process of being added to the wiki.

Surprisingly a few are still alive and well in gardens and even have images attacged.

  • This means the numbers could be larger than expected for these reasons: *All Iris that appeared in Iris literature, catalogs and articles are included in the wiki whether they were officially registered or not *Some Irises were well known under two names and a few have separate pages for the synonyms and so mat be counted twice.

So what is the bottom line? As the wiki becomes more and more developed The numbers will probably be slightly greater than actual based on the number of pages, but for now the numbers probably balance out and provide a good estimate.

-- BobPries - 2016-04-25

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