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Red Flower Iris   
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Red Flower Iris
N Native Herb
Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Red Flower Iris
Botanical name: Iris milesii    Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)

Roots fleshy. Rhizomes thick, fleshy, greenish, annular scars left by earlier year's growth prominent. Rhizome bears a terminal leafy flowering stem and two lateral non-flowering leafy stems. The lateral stems become active shoots for next year's growth thus the old and the new rhizomes result in a series of dichotomies. Basal leaves 30-60 cm long, 3-7 cm wide, ribs prominent, pale-green. Branched flowering stems 30-90 cm tall, bearing shorter leaves than the sterile shoots. Bracts (in fruits) c. 2.5 cm. Flower c. 6-10 cm in diameter, pinkish-violet with darker spots. Falls with fringed yellow crest. Capsule stipitate, stipe 2.8-3.0 cm long, ovoid-cylindrical, c. 3.1-3.3 cm long. Flowering.: May-July.
Identification credit: Shaista Ahmad
Photographed in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh.