I’ve recently written about Iris domestica, but I had posted the entry under a now-rejected scientific name, Belamcanda chinensis. As Brent noted in the comments for that entry, the change was made recently (see: Goldblatt, P. & D.J. Mabberley. 2005. Belamcanda included in Iris, and the new combination I. domestica (Iridaceae: Irideae). Novon 15: 128–132). Carol Wilson, who studies the genus Iris at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, has published a phylogeny of the genus Iris based on DNA sequencing data, illustrating why the placement of Belamcanda in Iris is warranted.
Two items of note for local readers today. First of all, if you have little ones or know someone who does, consider attending or recommending UBC Botanical Garden’s Haunted Halloween. Nadine Diner, the garden’s education coordinator, is so enthusiastic about this event that it is certain to be a fun and educational afternoon for children!
Speaking of Nadine and education, she’s organized the courses and lectures for the next 8 months or so. Do check them out and register early, as some of the courses requiring registration are already nearly full.
Botany resource link: The web site of Belize Botanic Gardens – a very modern site written to subtly entertain and inform (“Call us crazy, but at Belize Botanic Gardens we enjoy figuring out how to grow things without the use of pesticides or chemicals.”). It certainly makes me want to visit. Don’t forget to see their orchid photographs.