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HIST: SPEC: I. germanica

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Linda Mann, following up on something I said about I. germanica being a 
variable species complex with some issues of nomenclature still under 
discussion by those in a position to discuss that sort of thing, said:

<<Anner, can you say more about the last sentence?  I have gotten the 
impression that "germanica" is a catch-all name for most of the older 
supposed triploids with similar growth habits, but it all seems to be one 
type in this general area.>>

From "A Guide to Species Irises, Their Identification and Cultivation" 
[Cambridge, 1997] edited by the Species Group of the British Iris Society, 
p.27. The essay is by Nigel Service.

' It is still not possible to have a clear picture of I. germanica; it 
remains an enigma despite being so widely grown. This is a highly evolved 
complex of more or less closely related irises and, as envisioned by Mathew 
(1989), whom I have mainly followed here, includes a number of what I suppose 
I must loosely term "near species" at present, which were previously regarded 
as distinct.'

And on pp. 31-34 are listed and discussed the "forms of I. germanica proper", 
including Vulgaris, which Sevice notes that W.R. Dykes said was the commonest 
form in England and apparently also in the USA.

The Mathew book referred to is Brian Mathew, "The Iris", second edition.

Anner Whitehead

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