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■ (SPEC) Iris drepanophylla Aitch. & Bak.

1887, botanical authors Aitchison & Baker

Iris drepanophylla Aitch. & Bak. (J. E. T. Aitchison and John Gilbert Baker, 1887, Askabad and Afghanistan); Subgenus Scorpiris, Juno; Height 4-12" (10-30 cm); Margins of the leaves hairy; Leaves hiding stem at flowering but later stem and leaves elongate so internodes are visible and leaves are up to 8" long and an inch wide; 2-8 Flowers varying from almost yellow to a greenish. The crest on the falls darker and the margins of the hafts are downturned; Standards slightly deflexed, very narrow almost bristle-like; Mathew notes "Iris drepanophylla is rather similar in appearance to Iris kopetdagensis but the latter has a more slender-looking flower which is usually greener and does not have the down-turned margins of the hafts of the falls." in Trans. Hort. Soc. Ser. 2: iii, 115. 1887; See below:

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Aitch. & Bak. in Trans. Hort. Soc. Ser. 2: iii, 115. 1887
Komarov, V.L. (ed.) (1935). Flora SSSR 4: 1-586. Izdatel'stov Akademii Nauk SSSR, Leningrad.
Khassanov, F.O. & Rakhimova, N. (2012). Taxonomic revision of the genus Iris L. (Iridaceae Juss.) for the flora of central Asia. Stapfia 97: 174-179.
A Guide to Species Irises, their Identification and Cultivation, The Species Group of The British Iris Society, 1997, Cambridge;


I. fumosa var. stenoloba, Born.

Chromosome counts

2n=20 Bochantseva 1966; 2n=19 Gustafsson & Wendelbo 1975.



'Chlorotica'. (Mathew & Wendelbo, N.E. Afghanistan); Juno; Flowers silvery green, crest white or pale yellowish green. Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society 1966, illustrated in color; Collected by Paul Furse #6505; syn. 'Lime Green'; The subspecies chlorotica occupies the eastern part of the area of drepanophylla and is distinguished only by its greenish color. Iris drepanophylla subsp. chlorotica Mathew & Wendelbo in Flora Iranica p. 61.


Distribution & Cultivation

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