Yellow Iris
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Yellow Iris
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow Iris, Yellow flag, Water flag
Botanical name: Iris pseudacorus    Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)

Yellow Iris is a robust and vigorous iris with ribbed grayish green sword shaped leaves 3-5 ft long and profuse yellow flowers 3-4 in across, borne on erect stems up to 4 ft tall. As in all irises, the flowers of yellow flag are composed of six perianth segments: three outer ones called "falls" which droop outward and down, and, alternating with the falls, three inner segments called "standards." The falls and standards of the Yellow Iris are bright yellow with violet or brownish veins. In addition, each fall has a darker yellow-brown blotch near its base. There are usually 4-12 flowers on each branched flower stalk, and they appear in early spring. Yellow Iris is native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim.

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