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SPEC: Iris longipetala

From:	dkramb@tso.cin.ix.net (Dennis Kramb)

I have an interesting "problem" for y'all.  I got some Iris longipetala
from the SIGNA seed exchange.  I looked in two of my iris books for
information on them and found a most strange conflict.

"Irises" by Karen Glasgow says I. longipetala is native to the Rocky
Mountains.  "Iris" by Fritz Kohlein says I. longipetala is native to the
California coast.

Now, there is a RADICAL different between these two cliamtes!  So I thought
I'd be smart and check out the Rodney's NANI page figuring it would agree
with one or the other of these books.  Well.  Much to my dismay it's not
even listed there!

Now, I'm not trying to cause any trouble here...I just want to know some
basics about how to grow this plant.  Anyone out there have a clue what the
deal is?  My humble guess is that Rodney's page lumps I. longipetala under
I. missouriensis?  Maybe?  I dunno.

My biggest conern at the moment is, if I put these seeds outside can they
take freezing temps?  I doubt it ever freezes along the California coast,
but I bet it does in the high Rockies.  ;)

Fritz Kohlein also states this is a tetraploid.  But then says the
chromosome count is 2n=80, 86, 88.  If it was tet, wouldn't it be 4n?

Dennis Kramb; dkramb@tso.cin.ix.net
Cincinnati, Ohio USA; USDA Zone 6; AIS Region 6
Member of AIS, ASI, HIPS, RIS, SIGNA, SLI, & Miami Valley Iris Society
Primary Interests: ABs, REBs, LAs, Native Ohio SPEC and SPEC-X hybrids
(Check out my web page at http://home.fuse.net/dkramb/home.html)

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