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Hungarian Iris   
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Hungarian Iris
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Hungarian Iris
Botanical name: Iris variegata    Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)
Synonyms: Iris flavescens, Iris lepida, Iris reginae

Hungarian Iris is an iris similar to the common bearded Iris germanica but shorter, growing barely up to 45 cm, with flowering stems almost as tall as leaves, branched. Leaves are sword shaped up to 25 mm wide, distinctly nerved; flowers yellow variegated with purple or chestnut, in 1-4 clusters each spathe usually 2-3-flowered; spathe-valves green, inflated, rarely very narrowly scarious margined. Flower-tube is 2-2.5 cm long; falls obovate-oblong, nearly 2 cm wide, yellow with purple or chestnut veins, darker coloured towards the apex, beard yellow forming a central line in lower part. Standards are erect, yellow, with brown veined claw; capsule 2.2-2.8 cm long, 1-1.3 cm broad, 6-ribbed. Hungarian Iris is cultivated in gardens in Kashmir, suitable for beds due to low height.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Herbal Garden, Kashmir.
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