November 7, 2007

I'm back in New York City, but...

Here's a San Francisco flower:

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8 comments:

Chip Ahoy said...

Lurvely.

Bissage said...

I'm going to guess Japanese Iris.

tc said...
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Meade said...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Dietes iridioides

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Genus: Dietes
Species: D. iridioides
Binomial name
Dietes iridioides
Sweet
Dietes iridioides (African iris, Cape iris, Fortnight lily, Morea iris, Wild iris; syn. Dietes vegeta N.E.Br., Moraea iridioides L., Moraea vegeta Mill.) is an ornamental plant in the Iridaceae family.
D. iridoides has white flowers marked with yellow and violet, with six free tepals that are not joined into a tube at their bases. These flowers last only one day. The seedpods of the plant often bend the stalks down to the ground where they have a better chance of propagating new plants.
The very similar Dietes grandiflora (Large Wild Iris) is a larger plant. It can be distinguished by larger flowers which have dark spots at the base of the outer tepals, and last for three days.
These plants were formerly placed in the genus Moraea, but were reclassified because they are rhizomatous. Some references mention the species Dietes vegeta or D. vegeta variegata, springing from some confusion with Moraea vegata (which grows from a corm, not a rhizome). The name D. vegeta is commonly misapplied to both D. iridiodes and D. grandiflora.

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Synova said...

And the overachiever award goes to.... Meade! :-)

The SF Bay area has so many different iris varieties that I'd never seen or heard of before that I wasn't about to try to guess.

Bissage said...

I love it when Meade talks dirty!

Meade said...

Whatever it takes to please my loyal fans.