Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Learn more about Iris from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 26 (2002)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 046-05-004:
Iris tridentata FAMILY Iridaceae
(?) (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Bay Blue-flag Iris, Flag, Savannah Iris
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May Georgetown County SC
A petaloid style, cleft at its tip, arches over the base of each sepal, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968).
John B. Nelson jbn_3577304350_b0d2e24cf8
Sepals violet, marked with yellow or white toward and onto the claws, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968).
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The petals are basically gone ("obsolete"), unlike most irises. — John Nelson
Patrick D. McMillan pdmitridentata_fb1
Showy, yellow-spotted purple sepals arch from the center of the flower, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 26
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Wet savannas, pine flatwoods, margins of pineland pools, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Uncommon in Carolina Coastal Plain, rare elsewhere
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Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006) p059
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 1st ed. (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p317
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p398
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry (Porcher, 1995) p189
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