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(SPEC) Iris sieheana Lynch

1904, Richard Lynch

Iris_ _sieheana (Richard Lynch 1904). Book of the Iris: 184 (1904). 133. I. Sieheana, mihi ; I. Haussknechti, Siehe in Gard. Chron., 1901, May 1 8, p. 313, I. persica magna, Hort. According to Siehe this plant has nothing to do with I. persica, and his view may no doubt be accepted to the extent that it is at least as distinct as other allied forms to which specific names have been given. The name Haussknechti cannot stand, because it has already been applied by Bornmuller to an Iris of the Apogon group (see Baker's Handbook, p. 4), and therefore I venture to name it in honour of the discoverer of some of the most beautiful members of this group. I am unable to give a complete description, but the plant is characterised by leaves nearly as broad as those of I. persica, which roll themselves together and appear to be bent in every direction, a white membranous margin being conspicuous ; the flowers large, of silver grey colour marked with red. A specimen in my possession appears to show alliance with I. persica purpurea, but that the wings of the falls are much more obtuse, the lip less round and the standards distinctly smaller. It grows in the under-growth of forests of Pinus Eruttia in the Taurus mountains.

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