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Re: SPEC: pseudoregelias

From: Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com>

>I'm not that familiar with pseudoregelias, but am somewhat familiar with
>psammiris species.  We previously grew I. arenaria (now I. humilis) and
>tried, without success, to get some crosses with pumila hybrids.  But there
>were many crosses with chamaeiris varieties in the thirties and forties.
>These hybrids have been considered MDBs.  The hybrid PROMISE even won the
>Caparne Award for MDBs.  However, the classification of psammiris, as shown
>in The World of Irises, is under the Hexapogon subsection, not under
>Miniature Dwarf Bearded.
>There has been quite a to-do the last two years about the proper definition
>for MDBs.  At the AIS Board Meeting in St. Louis two weeks ago, it was voted
>that the only official qualification for MDBs is the height.  This limit was
>reaffirmed as "up to 20 cm (8 inches)."  At the same time there was no
>mention of which species should be included.

This is fascinating stuff.  As more hybridizers continue developing new
lines of hybrids, the lines of distinction between the various classes are
certainly getting blurred.

Dennis Kramb; dkramb@badbear.com
Cincinnati, Ohio USA; USDA Zone 6; AIS Region 6

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