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Re:SPU:Strange Growth

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re:SPU:Strange Growth
  • From: "Patrick Orr" irisdude@msn.com
  • Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 12:52:37 -0700
  • Seal-send-time: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 12:52:37 -0700

A good friend wrote me back with the answer...
"This happens a lot in orchids and tree aloes, but can happen in any plant.  I think the botanical term is, intercalary inflorescence.   It's not rare, just strange when it happens."
a more common term for it could be vegetative growth
Patrick Orr
Phoenix, AZ  Zone 9
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 02, 2006 10:55 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] SPU:Strange Growth

Hi Patrick,
I had this same strange growth on two spuria bloom stalks a couple of years ago.  When I spoke to others in our club, two others said that they had had it happen in the past. 
When the rest of the stalks died back I planted them and at least one of them grew.  Now I can't tell them from the other spurias in the bed. 
Jan in Chatsworth

Patrick Orr <irisdude@msn.com> wrote:
I have never seen this on a spuria iris before.  Out of the old spent bloom stalk is growing a new rhizome, complete with a root about at least an inch long.  This is only one of 3 different plants this has happened to. 
I know that various century plants and onions do this, and the walking iris also is known for this, but it usually happens where there was a flower, as opposed to right off the side of a bloom stalk. 
Is this normal for spuria iris to do this? Does this happen with other irises? 
I've included a few photos, one with the flash on and two without...from both sides of the plant.
Patrick Orr
Phoenix, AZ  Zone 9

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