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■ (SPEC) Iris damascena Mouterde

1966, Botanical author Mouterde

Iris damascena Mouterde (Paul Mouterde, 1966, Syria); Section Oncocyclus . 6-12" (15-30 cm); Standards brown-purple veins and spot on a white ground, falls more heavily veined browner purple, with a small dark purple signal patch, beard of sparse purple hairs.

See below:
damascena - Mayr.jpgIris-damascena-Dominguez.jpgIris-damascenaHans Achilles.jpgIris-damascenaWalker3.jpgIris damascena KWW 1.jpgIris damascena KWW 2.jpg


Mouterde in Nouv. Fl. Liban & Syrie, i. 318 (1966);
Weymouth and Chaudhary provide the following description in Botaniska Notisier, v.128, 1975: "Plants rarely more than 30 cm. Rhizome short, compact. Leaves 5-8, usually 7, arched-strongly recurved, 1 cm wide or less, up to 27 cm long; stem leaf one. Peduncle up to 15 cm. Flowers up to 15 cm long from base of the valves often partly enclosed by the upper one or two leaves; valves up to 10 cm, inflated, a little clored with pale violet-purple. Falls obovate-elliptical, up to 8 cm long, about 5 cm wide, rather flat in the basal area, droopy from immediately beyond the beard area; ground creamy white, densely dotted and veined with dark brown-purple like I. sofarana subsp. sofarana; the dots and veins slightly embossed; signal spot small, elliptical, about 1.5 cm long about 1 cm wide, dark purple; beard of sparse, purple hairs. Standards oval, about 9 cm long, about 6 cm wide, ground creamy white, densely fine-dotted and fine veined with purple, the veins denser and embossed in the basal area; narroiwed into a triangular area the abruptly clawed, the claw about 1 cm long and with long, purple hairs; the veins denser and embossed in the basal area. Anthers about 2.5 cm."

Chromosome counts

2n=20 Awishai & Zohary 1980.



Iris damascena has the following cultivars: 'Magnifica' aka 'I. Damascena cv. Magnifica'.


none reported

Distribution and Cultivation

Syria (Jabl Qasyoun)

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-- Main.RPries - 2010-02-01
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Iris-damascena-Dominguez.jpgjpg Iris-damascena-Dominguez.jpg manage 173 K 22 Jul 2016 - 11:49 BobPries Rafael Dominguez photo
Iris-damascenaHans_Achilles.jpgjpg Iris-damascenaHans_Achilles.jpg manage 153 K 22 Jul 2016 - 11:47 BobPries Hans Achilles photo
Iris-damascenaWalker3.jpgjpg Iris-damascenaWalker3.jpg manage 121 K 22 Jul 2016 - 11:48 BobPries Ken Walker photo
Iris_damascena_KWW_1.jpgjpg Iris_damascena_KWW_1.jpg manage 73 K 24 Jan 2015 - 02:31 Main.KWalker Photo by Ken Walker
Iris_damascena_KWW_2.jpgjpg Iris_damascena_KWW_2.jpg manage 87 K 24 Jan 2015 - 02:33 Main.KWalker Photo by Ken Walker
damascena_-_Mayr.jpgjpg damascena_-_Mayr.jpg manage 37 K 06 Feb 2010 - 19:29 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mayr
Topic revision: r13 - 03 Dec 2022, Harloiris
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