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Hooker's Iris   
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Hooker's Iris
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Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Hooker's Iris
Botanical name: Iris hookeriana    Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)

Hooker's Iris is a perennial herb found growing in the Himalayas, Pakistan, Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Leaves are up to 40 cm long. The flowers-carrying stem is 5-15 (sometime 30) cm tall. Bracts are 4.5-7 cm long. Flowers are borne 2 or few together on very short flower-stalks. Kumaon Iris is a similar-looking plant, but is shorter and has only single-flowered stem. Flowers are blue-purple, with blotches, and a flower-tube 1.2-3.0 cm long. Falls are 5-6.5 cm long, about 2.0 cm broad, obovate, with a white beard, tips colored. Standards are 5 cm, with blade oblong. Filaments are blue, as long as the creamy anthers. Capsule is 5-6 cm long, broadly elliptic, terminating into a prominent beak with dried flower parts. Hooker's Iris is found at altitudes of 2400-3300 m. Flowering: April-July.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Kashmir & Lahaul, HP.
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