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â–  (SPEC) Iris sicula Tod. or 'Sicula'

1856, Botanical author Todaro

'Sicula' (Augustino Todaro, 1856, Sicily, Pantellaria, Trapani, Sardinia). Section Iris. TB; Early bloom season. Color Code B; Blue; Dammann 1893. Although a few botanists have suggested this is a synonym of Iris pallida, it differs in growth pattern, chromosome count and the spathes are not scarious at bloom time.

See below:
wild populanion in Sardinia dry meadowWild population in the Sardinia west-coastFillipo Dimatteo photo


Iris sicula Tod., Nuov. Gen. Sp.: 7 (1858).
Dykes in The Genus Iris, 1913, wrote "An extract from a letter from Todaro in Foster's MSS. says that this Iris is very common in Sicily but is found also in Pantellaria, Trapani, Lescara and Sardinia, and that it is distinguished from I. germanica and I. florentina by the fact that it loses its leaves when these retain them. This fact, combined with Todaro's statement in his original description that the spathes are only scarious at the apex and margin, points to a hybrid origin of the plant."
Colasante, M.A. (2014). Iridaceae presenti in Italia: 1-415. Sapienza, Università Editrice, Roma."


Chromosome count;

2n=48, Brullo et al. 1997.






Distribution & Cultivation

Dry and rocky places in Sardinia

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20180425_162030.jpgjpg 20180425_162030.jpg manage 9 MB 23 Aug 2021 - 10:40 AmedeoFadda wild populanion in Sardinia dry meadow
20190425_171156.jpgjpg 20190425_171156.jpg manage 7 MB 23 Aug 2021 - 10:37 AmedeoFadda Wild population in the Sardinia west-coast
Iris-siculaFilippoDimatteo.jpgjpg Iris-siculaFilippoDimatteo.jpg manage 32 K 04 Aug 2016 - 11:29 BobPries Fillipo Dimatteo photo
Topic revision: r8 - 23 Aug 2021, Harloiris
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