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Iris Mesopotamica

Iris Mesopotamica
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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-15
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70S, Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G (kit lens)
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): flowers of israel, Wildflowers of the World, Irises, Iris in the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-11 10:28
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Iris Mesopotamica
Superregnum: Eukarya
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Liliopsida
Subclassis: Liliidae
Ordo: Asparagales
Familia: Iridaceae
Subfamilia: Iridoideae
Tribus: Irideae
Genus: Iris
Subgenus: I. subg. Iris Section: I. sect. Iris Species: Iris mesopotamica

Iris is a genus of between 200-300 species of flowering plants with showy flowers which takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colours found among the many species. As well as being the scientific name, iris is also very widely used as a common name and refers to all Iris species as well as some closely related genera.

The genus is widely distributed throughout the north temperate zone. Their habitats are considerably varied, ranging from cold regions into the grassy slopes, meadowlands, stream banks and deserts of Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa, Asia and across North America.

The iris flower is of special interest as an example of the relation between flowering plants and pollinating insects. The shape of the flower and the position of the pollen-receiving and stigmatic surfaces on the outer petals form a landing-stage for a flying insect, which in probing the perianth for nectar, will first come in contact of perianth, three with the stigmatic stamens in one whorl surface which is borne and an ovary formed of three carpels. The shelf-like transverse projection on the inner whorl under side of the stamens, which is beneath the over-arching style arm below the stigma, so that the insect comes in contact with its pollen-covered surface only after passing the stigma, while in backing out of the flower it will come in contact only with the non-receptive lower face of the stigma. Thus, an insect bearing pollen from one flower, will in entering a second, deposit the pollen on the stigma, while in backing out of a flower, the pollen which it bears will not be rubbed off on the stigma of the same flower.


Sadly towards the end of its season...but impressive all the same......David

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very nice, especially with the bell-flower at the back, well done, Ori

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-11 14:18]

Hello David,
Beautiful and natural portrait of this iris mesopotamica. Very nice designs on the petals of the flower.
Best regards

Hi David,
Interesting flower with unusual color combination: purple-white-brown. Very beautiful in colors and shape. Nicely captured. Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-11 17:09]

Hi David.
Like these herbage.Several kind we've on our garden.I like used POV,nice roll petals.Very good composition.Beautiful nature colours and very nice details.Well done.
Thanks and greetings.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-11 22:54]

Hello David

A beautiful shot of this flower.The DOF is very good and the details are clear and sharp.I love the BG with the other wildflowers.The colours are well saturated.Very well composed.TFS


Hi David
Wow! Lovely shot indeed. Great point of view. It looks like its tongue is hanging out :-) Great colours.

bonjour david
jolies formes et couleurs.la netteté est excellente.bravo.

Hello David,
This is a very beautiful portrait of this flower. I like hte details you caught along with this nice POV and DOF that let us see a beautiful and natural BG. Well done with exposure. Thanks,

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2006-11-22 10:07]

David, precioso Iris, color muy natural, hermosa foto buen encuadre.saludos Sira

Salut David,

In my area we call it the Blue Flag ...

Note:The Blue Flag is also the provincial flower of Quebec, having replaced the Madonna lily which is not native to the province. See here too ;)

I like the pale blues in this shot! What are the lil blue < blue bells? > ones in the b/g? This iris looks like it is saying "Ahhhhh"... Tfs, Jay

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-30 5:36]

Hello David,
Beautiful shot!
Excellent details!
I would like to add it in my theme, hope you don't mind!TFS

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