Golden Iris
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Golden Iris
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Golden Iris
Botanical name: Iris crocea    Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)
Synonyms: Iris spuria subsp. aurea

Golden Iris is a beautiful iris known to occur only in Kashmir, commonly planted on graves, along roadsides and road dividers. Flowers are deep golden-yellow, 12-16 cm in diameter, in a terminal cluster, and two lateral clusters. Spathe valves are 7-9 cm long, green, spathe 2-3 flowered. Flower tube is 1-1.5 cm long. Falls are without beard, up to 9 cm long with 4-5 cm long blade, crisped along margin, narrowed into 3-4 cm long haft. Standards are oblanceolate, 6-8 cm long, margin wavy. Style is 3.5-4 cm long, crest deltoid. Plants are tall up to 1.25 m with long straight sword-like leaves 50-80 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm broad. Capsule oblong, 6-angled, beaked.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Kashmir.
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