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Re: SPEC: versicolor?

From: celia storey <storey@aristotle.net>

Ellen writes of the irises my cousins report from Newport, RI:
>	If they were I. prismatica and are still there, let us know. What
>	a find that would be.

Ellen, you may have just solved a family puzzle. Years and years ago when
my mom was a girl in Rhode Island, she came in from a hike one day and
mentioned to her older brother, John Lynch, that she'd seen some small
violet-blue irises in the swamp. John was a budding naturalist at the time
-- later he blossomed into a wildflower expert in Southern Louisiana -- and
Mom remembers that he went "nuts" and praised and petted her. It puzzled
her rather a lot.

Possibly he thought she had found some prismatica.

Mom couldn't understand his reaction, because swamp irises were common things.

Little Rock, Arkansas, USDA Zone 7b
257 feet above sea level,
average rainfall about 50 inches (more than 60" in '97)
average relative humidity (at 6 a.m.) 84%.
moderate winters, hot summers ... but lots of seesaw action in all seasons

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