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Walking Iris

Neomarica longifolia

Description:

Family Iridaceae, native to tropical regions of western Africa, and Central and South America, with the highest diversity (12 species) in Brazil. The genus name is derived from the Greek words neo, meaning "new", and Marica, the Roman nymph. he flowers emerge from what appears to be just another leaf, but is really a flower stalk structured to look like the other leaves; they are 5-10 cm diameter, and closely resemble Iris flowers. After pollination, the new plantlet appears where the flower emerged and the stalk continues to grow longer. The weight of the growing plantlet causes the stalk to bend toward the ground, allowing the new plantlet to root away from its parent. This is how it obtained the common name of "Walking Iris". The other common name "Apostle Plant" comes from the belief that the plant will not flower until the individual has at least 12 leaves, the number of apostles of Jesus.

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Walking Iris
Neomarica longifolia Neomarica


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9 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Hi Marta, I just added mine and appropriated the ID off yours. Thanks to all.

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Me neither..at first I even confused it with an orchid but immediately changed my mind because of the shape of the plant :-)

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textless 8 years ago

Very nice photos... I've never seen that kind of flower.

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Many thanks for the ID Dan and auntnance :-)

auntnance123
auntnance123 8 years ago

I'm no expert, but it appears to be a yellow walking iris.

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

yes, but is just a wild guess :-) just because of the appearance..hopefully an expert on plants will see this spotting and help me ID it

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

oh, you said that didn't you :-)?

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

I wonder because of the leaves of the plant, but I have no idea. I have to check.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

I've got the same or similar one here but I've not ID'ed it. Is it in the iris family?

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Yucatán, Mexico

Spotted on Sep 7, 2011
Submitted on Oct 2, 2011

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