Iridaceae - Section Oncocyclus

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  1. cloudy

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    Hi All,

    the Oncocyclus Irises are starting to bloom now in the middle east, and since they are so beautiful, I had to share a few.

    iris_01 and iris_02 are both Iris atropurpurea - the first one to bloom (starting on the end of January) and one of the rare endangered irises, which is constantly losing its habitat - it's habitat is Israel's most popular area.
    the other flowers in photo iris_01 are:
    red - Papaver umbonatum
    yellow - Senecio leucanthemifolius (composite)

    iris_03 - Iris mariae - which blooms in late february-early march - in the northern parts of the Negev desert. here it is shining together with Asphodelus ramosus (Liliaceae)

    iris_04 - Iris bismarckiana - which blooms in March in the Galillee mountains. also known as "Nazareth Iris". here - it looks especially smart with all those pink Ricotia lunaria (Cruciferae (Brassicaceae)) in the background.

    more Irises - you can see in the Israeli flora site -
    http://flora.huji.ac.il/browse.asp?action=browse&group=1533

    and read more in the Hebrew university's pages about the Irises -
    http://www.iris.huji.ac.il/

    but aren't they just beautiful?!
     

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  2. chimera

    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes, very beautiful, thanks for sharing. Have tried a few species from seed , but had no success to get them old enough to flower.
     
  3. togata57

    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Gorgeous!
    Thanks for these photos, cloudy.
     
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Garden hybrids between these and other bearded iris more tractable here than wild species.
     
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    So pretty! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks so much for posting the beautiful pics, I lived in Haifa from 91-92 but didn't have the opportunity to see irises bloom. Toh da and Litra oht (spelling probably wrong)
     

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