Mutant Iris

Discussion in 'Plants: Science and Cultivation' started by Not a farmer, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. Not a farmer

    Not a farmer New Member

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    I'm looking for information on my mutant iris. I moved several irises last fall so I was not surprised this one didn't bloom this spring. Now it is mid-June and this iris is doing something I've never seen before. This "blossom?" is about as thick as a leaf and has at least two "petals." The petals feel thinner than a leaf, and softer...like a petal.
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    I'll be keeping an eye on this iris to see what else it does, and I'll remain curious at to what the heck is happening.
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Curious! A couple scenarios: something physically damaged the shoot apical meristem (which will produce the stalk) or there's a genetic mutation that prevents division of the cells that produce the stalk. I'm more inclined to think the latter, because it looks like the flower still formed, if imperfectly.
     

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