That is awesome!!! Just when I thought I couldn't be more taken with India!
It doesn't look like any I. tectorum I've seen, but I have to admit that I'm not familiar with I. milesii. So, I couldn't be certain, but I don't think I've ever seen this plant before.
Thank-you for sharing it with the group!
--- In email@example.com, Jim Murrain <jimmurrain@...> wrote:
> A mysterious iris found in NE India, the Eastern Aranachal Pradesh
> at about 9,500'. Photos taken last June by Pete Boardman of the United
> Kingdom. This was found on an eastern facing, steep hillside in a clearing
> surrounded by rhododendron and trees to about 25'. Unfortunately it was
> too early for seeds and no plants were collected.
> Anyone recognize this iris? Obviously it has an affinity to I. tectorum
> and I. milesii. Could this be a new species or just a variant of I. tectorum
> or I. milesii with wet droopy falls?
> Jim Murrain
> 8871 NW Brostrom Rd
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