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Re: Iris Books

"The Louisiana Iris" edited by Wertzmueller (?) and Caillet is a must, as
is McEwens "Japanese Irises."  Either edition of "Iris" by Brian Watzis
(can't remember the name now and the iris books are at home, not at the
office), and "Iris" by F. Koehlein are also excellent.

"Irises of China" disappointed me somewhat as a gardening book.  Jim
Waddick describes the species he found and their habitats and gives some
advice on growing them, but the last half of the book is a rather dry
botanical account of the iris species found in China, illustrated only with
line drawings of not-very-good quality.  Some of the color photos are not
in focus, and there is one strange picture of a bleak plain labelled
"habitat of Pardanthopsis" with nary a plant in sight. I would consider
this one a reference only and not really a book of interest to the average

Best wishes, Bill
William A. Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943 USA
phone (804) 223-6172
FAX (804) 223-6374

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