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Re: HYB: Varda Gorge (Iris reichenbachiana).....correction

  • Subject: Re: HYB: Varda Gorge (Iris reichenbachiana).....correction
  • From: "Francesca Thoolen" <arilpums@comcast.net>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 16:01:10 -0700

Well let us put it this way, how tall does it grow in your garden. I need to know which category to put it in for my purposes. The photos seem to show some stem but still could be short enough to fall in the MDB group of up to 8". 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] HYB: Varda Gorge (Iris reichenbachiana).....correction

    I. reichenbachii, according to Köhlein, has a "visible (compared with I. pumila) bloomstalk..2 3/4"-8 1/2"
(22-24cm ) tall...." Thomas Silvers' 2nd photo definitely shows a stemmed bloomstalk.  Brian Mathew says of I. reichenbachii: "This species closely resembles I. suaveolens but is usually a little taller and has broader leaves and a shorter perianth tube."  Mathew lists it at 10-30 cm, which should be 4" to just under 12" (but then I may be off on the translation into inches, as I missed the whole movement to teaching metric in school.....that came after my schooling).  What puzzles me is Mathew's saying it has a perianth tube, whereas Köhlein says it has a stem.  Can an iris have both a stem and a perianth tube?  Since I grow several pumilas, I thought that a perianth tube was different.  Can anyone out there help me on this?  So, Francesca, I would guess that I. reichenbachii can fall into either MDB or SDB range, as Mathew does state it varies in height depending on where it grows.

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