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(SPEC) 'Ensata Grandiflora' Now Iris lactea var. grandiflora

1913, DykesLactea grandiflora

'Ensata Grandiflora' (William Rickatson Dykes, 1913, Collected-Gumbleton, Gyantze, Thibet). Series Ensatae; Blue; All parts are at least 75% larger than typical Iris lactea . Blue; Barr 1928. Note image to the left shows comparison on a herbarium sheet of regular lactea and lactea grandiflora, this came courtesy of George Rodionenko.

(Registered as 'Ensata Grandiflora' as a cultivar name before it was discovered that Iris lactea Pallas was the older botanical name and had priority over the name ensata. Todays rules do not allow inclusion of the species epithet in the cultivar name).

References; Dykes, Genus Iris 88. 1913; Handbook of Garden Irises 121. 1924; Gardeners Chronicles 3rd Series 59: 196. 8 April 1916 with illustration; Barr 1929; 1939.

Synonyms: ensata oxypetala; ensata Tibetica.

See below:

Iris lactea grandflora.jpg


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Iris_lactea_grandflora.jpgjpg Iris_lactea_grandflora.jpg manage 35 K 21 Sep 2010 - 11:31 UnknownUser Rodionenko photo of herbarium specimen comparing grandiflora to common lactea
Topic revision: r8 - 05 Jul 2017, BobPries
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