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This photograph of a white and yellow combination iris was take last spring while visiting a friends flower beds. I photographed this in the early morning hoping to catch different shadows made by the petals.
The irises are a showy flowers. It takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species.
Irises are perennial plants, growing from creeping rhizomes (rhizomatous irises) or, in drier climates, from bulbs (bulbous irises). They have long, erect flowering stems which may be simple or branched, solid or hollow, and flattened or have a circular cross-section. The rhizomatous species usually have 310 basal sword-shaped leaves growing in dense clumps. The bulbous species have cylindrical, basal leaves. The inflorescences are fan-shaped and contain one or more symmetrical six-lobed flowers. These grow on a pedicel or lack a footstalk. The three sepals, which are spreading or droop downwards, are referred to as "falls". They expand from their narrow base, which in some of the rhizomatous irises has a "beard" (a tuft of short upright extensions growing in its midline), into a broader expanded portion ("limb"), often adorned with veining, lines or dots. The three, sometimes reduced, petals stand upright, partly behind the sepal bases. They are called "standards". Some smaller iris species have all six lobes pointing straight outwards, but generally limb and standards differ markedly in appearance. They are united at their base into a floral tube that lies above the ovary. The styles divide towards the apex into petaloid branches; this is significant in pollination.
The iris can be used as wonderful cut flower for floral arrangements in the house. I hope you have enjoyed this photograph and will share it with a friend. You can see more of my work on my homepage. Thank you for visiting and please come back.
April 16th, 2013
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