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In response to my earlier question about BLACK PRINCE and its synonyms, Larry
Doucette wrote:

:   Take a look on Page 318 (center) of AIS's GARDEN IRISES ( edited by L. F.
:   Randolph).
:   Does this shed any light ?  Or does it make things more confusing ?  

Actually, it illuminates the confusion....

For the benefit of lurkers who may not have access to this book (published in
1959), it reads:
"Dominion (Bliss, 1917) (Cordelia [or Black Prince] x Amas)"

The 1939 CL identifies Amos Perry's most famous iris as "BLACK PRINCE, from
which descended the DOMINION race".  

In  his book "Iris for Every Garden" (1947), Sydney Mitchell wrote " A. J.
Bliss, an English breeder, raised the famous Dominion by crossing the diploid
Cordelia and the blue-purple Armenian iris amas."

Larry continued:

:  it is quite a maze if you look up (in the '39  C.L. )  --Dominion - Black
:  Prince - Cordelia and Liberia.. It 's quite a 'circle' (?)

More like one of those hypnotic spirals --

CORDELIA = parentage unknown
BLACK PRINCE = parentage unknown
LIBERIA = parentage unknown

AMAS synonyms:  Amasia, Amos, Artindale, Macrantha, William Tell, William III.

And finally, a note in the entry for BLACK PRINCE:  "Black Knight; Early Purple;
Florentina Blue; Kochii; Liberia; Midnight;  Parisensis; are all often sold as
Thanks, Larry.  

Sharon McAllister (73372.1745@compuserve.com)

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