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A closer look at a Rocky Mountain iris

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In the last post you saw a large colony of Rocky Mountain irises (Iris missouriensis) in northern New Mexico. The first time I encountered the species was on June 30th, when I found a smaller and less dense group of these irises in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The one shown here was in the process of opening.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 16, 2017 at 5:01 AM

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  1. It is very eye-catching.

    Gallivanta

    July 16, 2017 at 5:21 AM

  2. That flower there kinda looks like Swan 🙂 beautiful

    glowofmind

    July 16, 2017 at 6:40 AM

  3. The little dents in the sheath and in the nearest petal remind me of the crumpled-up nature of an emerging butterfly.

    shoreacres

    July 16, 2017 at 8:36 AM

  4. Beautiful shot!

    montucky

    July 16, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    • I see that this species is native in Montana but the USDA map doesn’t provide a breakdown by county. Have you found it near you?

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 16, 2017 at 10:10 PM

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  6. Nice! Lovely shot!

    Reed Andariese

    July 17, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    • This proved more appealing than the pictures I was able to get of a fully opened iris. In those photographs the background was too cluttered.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 17, 2017 at 10:04 AM


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