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■ (Spec) Iris rubro-marginata Baker = Iris suaveolens forma rubromarginata

1875, Baker

Iris rubro-marginata Baker (John Gilbert Baker, 1875) in Gardeners' Chronicle 524, 1875. Although named as a separate species it is now considered a form of Iris suaveolens with red wire-like margins to the leaves. Although the smoky red-purple-flowered plants are generally associated with the red leaf margins, there are also yellow-flowered plants. See below:

Bob Pries photoPhoto scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collectionPhoto scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collectionIris suaveolens rubromarginata, April 17, 2012, Cuyamungue, New Mexico, USAPhoto by Lynda MillerPhoto scanned from the Dorothy Willott slide collectionBob Pries photoPhoto by Wild Ginger Farm


The original diagnosis:
New Garden Plants.
Iris (Pogoniris) rubro-marginata, Baker, n. sp*
This is a well-marked new species of the fugacious-flowered vernal Irises, cultivated in the collection of Herr Leichtlin, from the neighbourhood of Scutari, where it was gathered by M. Barbey, of Geneva, the son-in-law of the distinguished botanist, Boissier. The specimen from which these notes were made was sent by him to me by post in the first week of April of the present year. In its long tube, and the shape of its two rows of perianthial segments, it is most like Iris pumila, but in other respects (the size of its flowers, and the fact that there is a pair of them, one following the other in expansion) it agrees with pseudo-pumila and nudicauUs. The flower, though large, is not at all handsome, and in all these the flower is too fugacious for them to be general favourites, when there are so many other species in which it is fairly persistent. The most striking note about it, from the horticultural point of view, is the red edge of its leaves and spathe-valves.
Whole plant, when flowering, not more than 4 inches above the surface of the soil, quite glabrous. Leaves ensiform-falcate, not at all glaucous, green, with a distinct red edge, 2-3 inches long at the flowering time, i/2 inch broad. Flowers two to a root, one expanding after the other. Stem absolutely none, the ovary being placed direct on the crown of the root-stock. Spathe-valves lanceolate-navicular, reaching quite to the top of the tube, 2 i/2-3 inches long, 1-1/4 inch broad, green and almost herbaceous in texture, acutely keeled, and both keel and edges with a distinct red-purple line, like the leaves. Ovary obling, green, 1/2 inch deep; tube 2 inches long, green, tinged with lurid purple in the upper half; limb 2-2 1/2 inches deep, a uniform luris purple; segments of both rows oblong-spathulate, the falls with a reflexed limb as long as the claw, which is 3/4 inch broad, eroso-dentate at the tip, and bearded down the lower half of the face with a row of purple hairs; the standards erect, an inch broad at the middle; stigmas an inch long, the same colour as the perianth, the recurved points deltoid, small, and little-toothed. --J.G.B.

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-- BobPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Dwarf_Iris_photo_archive_007.jpgjpg Dwarf_Iris_photo_archive_007.jpg manage 818 K 07 Aug 2013 - 22:31 BobPries Bob Pries photo
Rubromarginata_Dwarf_Iris_photo_archive_011.jpgjpg Rubromarginata_Dwarf_Iris_photo_archive_011.jpg manage 458 K 14 Aug 2013 - 14:36 BobPries Bob Pries photo
rubro04.JPGJPG rubro04.JPG manage 102 K 30 Jun 2014 - 16:17 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
rubro1.jpgjpg rubro1.jpg manage 239 K 19 Aug 2016 - 22:34 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
rubromarginata.jpgjpg rubromarginata.jpg manage 74 K 19 Apr 2012 - 20:31 Main.tomlwaters Iris suaveolens rubromarginata, April 17, 2012, Cuyamungue, New Mexico, USA
rubromarginata4.jpgjpg rubromarginata4.jpg manage 257 K 06 Mar 2020 - 04:17 TerryLaurin Photo by Lynda Miller
rubromarginata9.JPGJPG rubromarginata9.JPG manage 27 K 30 Apr 2022 - 01:45 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Dorothy Willott slide collection
suaveolensvrubromarg9.jpegjpeg suaveolensvrubromarg9.jpeg manage 136 K 03 Feb 2023 - 02:52 TerryLaurin Photo by Wild Ginger Farm
Topic revision: r18 - 03 Feb 2023, TerryLaurin
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