A Georgeous Juno

Shirley Meneice samclan@redshift.com
Mon, 10 Mar 2003 20:55:36 PST
Have you checked with Panayoti Kelaidis at Denver Botanic Garden.  He's very
knowledgeable in this field.
    Shirley Meneice

Jane McGary wrote:

> Quoting from Josef Halda's 1997 seed catalog:
> "Juno sp. JJH970737 [Dagestan, E. Caucasus] 3200m; subalpine rocky slopes;
> china-blue and yellow single fls. on 5 cm stems; georgeous."
> I bought the seeds. It's blooming -- on 18 cm stems, not 5, no doubt owing
> to the warmer conditions and lower light -- and it is indeed "georgeous."
> Now if I only knew what it is!
> I hope someone can help me identify it. I have no way of posting photos
> (perhaps someday I'll find somebody willing to come out here -- I'll
> happily pay plenty -- and get all the hardware working together), but here
> is a description:
> Leaves fully developed at flowering (in warm conditions, though), bright
> green with thin whitish margin, more gray on reverse, lower 2.5 cm wide,
> upper narrower and rather erect, clasping and mostly covering the scape.
> Flowering scape 18-20 cm tall.
> Falls about 5 cm long, winged, white strongly veined deep violet, deep
> violet on outer half with bright golden yellow zone inside the violet zone;
> crest white with some deep violet stippling along the top, slightly
> undulate, not dissected.
> Standards about 1.5 cm long, white with violet veins, held almost
> horizontally,; I don't know the correct term for their shape, but it is
> obcordate with a long narrow pointed central lobe extending out.
> Style arms large, soft lavender deeper in the middle; hafts have broad
> wings that turn under on the margins; anthers white.
> The color pattern is like that of some forms of I. narbuti, but that
> species has deflexed, not horizontal, standards (according to the
> description in Brian Mathew's "The Iris") and the haft of the fall is said
> to be unwinged; also, it grows far to the east of where my iris was
> collected. I compared it with all the species described in that book, but
> it contains very few that are said to grow in the eastern Caucasus.
> I'll send this query to a couple of specialists by private mail also --
> sorry if you get two copies!
> Thanks,
> Jane McGary
> Northwestern Oregon
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