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Iris tenuissima (Longtube iris)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Iris tenuissima

Iris tenuissima Dykes

Longtube Iris

Iridaceae (Iris Family)


USDA Symbol: IRTE3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A member of the iris family (family Iridaceae) which consists of herbs growing from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms, with narrow basal leaves and showy clusters at the tips of long stalks. There are about 60 genera and 1,500 species, distributed in temperate and tropical regions. Among them, Iris, Freesia, Gladiolus, Bugle Lily, and Montbretia are popular ornamentals. Saffron dye is obtained from Crocus, and essence of violets, used in perfumes, is extracted from the rhizomes of Iris.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul



Additional resources

USDA: Find Iris tenuissima in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Iris tenuissima in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Iris tenuissima


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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