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■ (SPEC) Iris microglossa Wendelbo

1960, Botanical author WendelboMicroglossa

_Iris microglossa_ Wendelbo. (Per Wendelbo, 1960, Salang Pass, Kataghan region, Afghanistan); Subgenus Scorpiris, (Juno). Height 4-16" (10-40 cm); 1-4 flowers pale lavender to nearly white, white to pale yellow crest. Wendelbo's diagnosis appeared in Det Kongelige Danske Vid. Selsk., Biologiske Skrifter udgivet af Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab Bind 10, No.3, 1958.

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Iris microglossa Wendelbo, Biol. Skr. 10(3): 189 (1959).
in M. Koie and K. H. Rechinger, Symbolae Afghanicae IV. Wendelbo noted "I. microglossa seems to be closest to I. stocksii Boiss., from which, however, it differs in several respecst. The leaves seem to be thinner and have mores nerves, the margin is not distinctly white and it is ciliate. The standards are linear, not spatulate and dentate to more or less lobate. The fall has a narrow blade which is cristate. The colour of the flower is stated to be pale mauve and pearl-white, and thus differs much from the darker colours of I. stocksii. I. cabulica is distinguished by the much larger, oval standards and a different fall." The original diagnosis in Latin roughly translates to: The bulb is oblong about 4 cm long and 2 cm wide with a papery tunic, the sheath prolonged up to soil level, brown on the outside and brown to white on the inside with a lacerated tip. Stems are two flowered, flowers 5-6 cm long, appearing with the foliage already expanded. Foliage arranged in two rows, which during flowering is up to 16 cm long and 2 cm wide, swordshaped, coming to a long gentle point, with many nerves down the length and curved to form a channel, and it length more or less recurved. The margins of the leaves are ciliate, and more or less white. Each flower has two leaflike spathes, ovato-lanceolatis in shape and more or less translucent. Afghan. IV.) 189(1959), illustrated.
A Guide to Species Irises, their Identification and Cultivation, The Species Group of The British Iris Society, 1997, Cambridge;
Wendelbo, P. & Mathew, B (1975). Flora Iranica 112: 1-79. Naturhistorisches Museums Wien.
Innes, C. (1985). The World of Iridaceae: 1-407. Holly Gare International Ltd., Ashington.


Juno microglossa (Wendelbo) Kamelin, Florogenet. Anal. Estest. Fl. Gorn. Sred. Azii: 252 (1973). ----

Chromosome counts

2n=30 Gustafsson & Wendelbo 1975.






Distribution and Cultivation

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