New Moraea species

Roy Herold
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:38:26 PST
Speaking of new Moraeas, does anyone know the name of the new species 
from Jacobs Bay?  The naming rights for this species were auctioned off 
for some $50,000 a couple of years ago, but I never heard of the 
decision on the name.

I believe I have a photo of it from our 2011 trip. If I find it, I'll 
forward it to the wiki folks.

Whoops--I just did some more searching, and found this from the auctioneers:


We were involved in a number of fundraising initiatives which all proved 
to be an enormous success and very rewarding.

Name the Iris: The WWF Table Mountain Fund approached us to sell the 
naming rights of a rare newly discovered West Coast iris on the verge of 
extinction. It started as a tailor-made online auction hosted on the 
Strauss & Co website and culminated in an elegant dinner and auction 
conducted by Stephan Welz at The Mount Nelson Hotel. After competitive 
bidding it was finally knocked down for R550 000 to Mike and Rose 
Hainebach who named the iris after his family, the formal Latin name 
being Moraea hainebachiana. This is the first time that a plant species 
name has been auctioned in Africa.

NW of Boston
Cold and dry after several warm days and melting snow

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