Thursday, May 7, 2009

Small Iris found in GSMNP and in East Tennessee

Several times during April I visited the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to photograph the wildflowers. Although my timing was very close to the wildflower peak in the park there were still lots of evidence of blooms to come in a week or two. I would have liked to returned again, but just did not have time. These first 2 photos are from the park.
The bottom four photographs were from my own yard, 7 days later.

I am no expert and tried to compare the two, and not sure if they are the same or not.

The "Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers" . The title was Crested Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata), it said....Widely distributed at lower elevations of the Smokies, this beautiful iris does much to brighten the roadsides during April and May. The flower is usually a rich blue, but occasionally a light purple or even white. It is 4 to 6 inches tall and is found mostly on open slopes. Spring dwarf iris (I.verna var. smalliana) and southern blue flag (I. virginica) are the only other native species of this genius within the Park and neither are common here. They can separated on the basis that southern blue flag is the only one with a flowering stem more than 6 inches tall and crested dwarf iris has crested sepals whereas spring dwarf iris does not. Iris is the Tennessee State Flower. Look for the crested dward iris in Little River Gorge, Bud Ogle Nature Trail, and Porter Creek Trail.

Reading that and looking at my photos compared to the 2 top ones, taken in the park, I don't have a clue if mine are the same. Nor do I now know which of the iris in the park I photographed, I assume the Crested Dwarf Iris, since it is the more common. I do know I saw evidence in all 3 of the locations they mentioned and only saw actual blooms on the last day I was at the park.
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Connie said...

Everything on all your blogs are beautiful, interesting, educational, and entertaining. You really have a talent for photography. The composition of your photos is always breathtaking, but when I saw the Ladybird beetle on the Iris I just had to comment on your creativity.

Nice blog.

Anonymous said...

So pretty Leedra. I always marvel at how God "paints" these flowers with such detail!

Susie said...

I couldn't tell from the first picture to the last that they weren't taken in the same area. Lovely photos Leedra!

Sara G said...

Such beautiful little flowers!!

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful. Flowers always seem more lovely when they are growing in the wild.

Diane C. said...

Those are the sweetest little Irises I've ever seen. I'm no expert either, but the ones in your yard sure look like the ones at the park.

Mary said...

Beautiful! They look the same to me. How fortunate you are to have them in your yard!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Both flowers are equally beautiful.
Such a soft lavender color.

Shellmo said...

I realize how poorly I'm lacking in flower identification skills! All I know is I think these flowers you photographed are very pretty!

Connie said...

I thought they were the same! LOL Oh well, I can enjoy their beauty.

Bird Girl said...

I bet this dwarf iris look absolutely gorgeous in the park! I really enjoy seeing your wildflower photos, Leedra! Lucky to have what looks like the same thing in your very own yard ;-)

Jen said...

Love the purple!
How lucky you are to have that Park so close to go to.