bulbs, tubers & corms II

Dietes iridioides
Dietes from South Africa has handsome flowers which only last for a few hours
Dietes iridioides
This Dietes has nearly white inner sepals (standards) with few, dark brown dots at the basis, while the outer sepals show honey-gold signals, dots and hairs. The petaloid styles are short, have blue markings and are crested, facing the nectar guides on the outer sepals (falls).
Dietes sp. petals and styles
Dimension and colouring of petals and styles do not fit Dietes iridioides, or D. bicolor ssp. armeniaca. Could it be a hybrid between D. iridioides and D. bicolor?
Dietes sp.
The flowers of this Dietes are 7 – 7,5 cm across, each outer sepal (fall) is 45 x 30 mm. The roundish flower does remind of D. bicolor.
Dietes sp.
The grass-like leaves are up to 90cm long and 15 mm broad. The spike is 80 cm tall.
Dietes budding
The bud develops during the night and opens with warmth around mid day of the second day
Dietes
Like so many flowers of the Iris family, the threefold blooms are mesmerizing to human eyes
Dietes capsule and seeds
This Dietes produces seed capsules and viable seeds, so it can not be Dietes x ‘Nola Alba’, a patented – ¡NO PATENTS ON LIVING PLANTS! – cultivar of hybrid origin, which claims to be unfertile.
Dietes seedling
At my place and with my skills Dietes is a rather erratic germinating plant, growing at it’s own pace

 

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