Iris aphylla

A thank you to first-time BPotD contributor ganglionn@Flickr of Turkey, for sharing today’s photograph (original image via Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool). Appreciated!

Known as stool iris, table iris or German iris, Iris aphylla is a species of central and eastern Europe, as well as the Caucasus region of Asia.

Iris aphylla

12 responses to “Iris aphylla”

  1. Lynne

    Wow. At first glance it looked to me like a mutant purple goldfish about to consume some fringed water plant. I need to get out more! 🙂

  2. Max

    WOW. Nice one. Very surreal.

  3. Bonnie

    Definitely otherworldly!

  4. Bonnie

    Fantastic shot!

  5. annie Morgan

    Interesting photographically. I would dearly love to see some nice large iris blooms.

  6. Tammy

    great! I have several kinds of table iris but never knew the botanic for them. Thank you so much. You can’t tell from the picture, but they look much like bearded irises, except the flower heads are a little slimmer and smaller and are about 2-2.5′ when they bloom. They don’t flop like the bearded’s.

  7. AL Borozon

    Dramatic and wondeful!

  8. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Beautiful close-up! I love how you can see the glisten on the flower surfaces, and what looks like a very subtle dappling, the mingling of reddish-purple and bluish-purple. Gorgeous.
    I love irises, especially those in shades of purple or blue. Mine in Toronto are just starting to show flower buds.
    Each spring, I look forward to the irises blooming, and for the short time they’re out, I often carry an iris flower with me in a vase to wherever I’m going to be spending time that day, so I can gaze at it during the day.

  9. elizabeth a airhart

    when you take a flower in your hand and really
    look at it,its your world for the moment,
    i want to give that world to someone else
    georiga o keeffe american painter
    the photo brought o keeffe’s name to my minds eye
    tis so much like her paintings
    when i was growing up iris were also called flags
    one of my favorite memories of spring time
    thank you

  10. Earl Blackstock

    Simply amazing color. Thank you so much!!

  11. Earl Blackstock

    And may I add love at first sight.

  12. Ana in Montreal


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