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Re: German Irises

  • Subject: Re: German Irises
  • From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Feb 1999 09:46:57 -0400

From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>

The best discussion of "I. germanica" and the development of the modern TB
hybrids is to be found in THE WORLD OF IRISES, a 500+ page book available
for only $27 (really!) from AIS.  See the AIS Storefront section in your

According to Mathew and the BIS species book, "germanica" is a cluster of
"near-species," many of which may have arisen by hybridization.  The
picture is very muddled by the early involvement of man and repeated
escapes from cultivation of hybrid forms. The bottom line is that no one
really knows what "I. germanica" is.

Today's modern TBs should not be called "German Iris" since they contain
genes from many other sources, especially the tetraploid species from the
Middle East.

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

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