What I find even more curious is the nearly
identical karyotypes of *I. kashmiriana* and *I. pallida* that were published by
L. F. Randolph--again this coming from my rusty file drawer memory. I
recall being struck by the nearly identical morphology. To me this
suggested close affinity or evolutionary relationship.
All of these clones and species may have been
highly mobile from Kashmir to the Mediterranean through human movements carrying
rhizomes some distance and planting on grave sites, for example. Also,
some rhizomes are rather fragrant--not orris root alone, by any means--and may
have had human utility far into prehistory. Just because we collect
something in Turkey does not mean necessarily that the type or plant evolved
Linda, Dave Ferguson could hardly post photographs
on any of the other sites--even though in this case the posted links had to
serve as these were HIPS photos, not our own.
I presume the *germanica* in the HIPS "Quick Fix"
is the 44-chromosome one?
As to the 'La Neige' ancestry in both Missouri and
Blue Rhythm, I find this delightful. La Neige, as I grew it some
forty-five or fifty years ago was basically a white *I variegata" if such a
thing could exist. It had neither the yellow pigment nor the "umbrata"
pattern overlay on the fall, other than a tiny dart of blue-violet at the end of
the beard. The photo--I think Dave posted it?--of La Neige did not have
the crisp, flared and cleanly tailored form of what I grew.
*I. trojana* as I grew it in Idaho did resemble
Blue Rhythm, but not Missouri.
One very close to species origin not mentioned was
DOMINION. It doesn't resemble the Asiatics, but nonetheless is but a
single step from one of them.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western
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