IRIDACEAE - Iris Family

Herbs with equitant leaves from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms

Leaves basal, linear and equitant (folded and overlapping)

Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, often large and showy

common genera: Iris, Crocus, Gladiolus

Economic uses: ornamentals, saffron

Diagnostic characteristics: Equitant leaves, flower parts in 3's, flowers showy

 

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