I don't know the answer to this one, Linda, but I admire you for
volunteering for such a trek. Wear high boots, long sleeves and don't tell
your family about those snakes!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Linda Mann" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2010 10:19 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Verna vs cristata foliage?
>I hope someone can help me with this - is it possible to distinguish I.
> verna from I. cristata without blooms?
> I volunteered to help with biological inventory of the new tract of land
> next to Frozen Head State Natural Area in Morgan County TN, & ran across
> this clump of iris foliage. It was at about 3000 ft elevation, on an
> old logging road, west facing side of the mountain. Odd habitat for
> cristata, which was present at the base of the mountain, and odd growth
> form for cristata, which usually spreads out rather than growing in a
> clump like this. I. verna is a possibility in this area, & the supposed
> verna that I have has a growth habit very much like this. But mine
> hasn't ever bloomed, so for all I know, it isn't really verna.
> It's a rugged hike up there, plus lots of rattlesnakes and copperheads,
> so it would be nice not to have to go back.
> Thanks in advance.
> I seem to have let my subscription to the species group lapse - will
> also try there after I dig up instructions on how to set to nomail.
> Linda Mann
> east TN
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