Barbary Nut Iris (Gynandriris sisyrinchium)

I photographed this specimen close to the coast on the island of Malta. I was lucky to see it in bloom, as the Barbary Nut Iris opens up around mid-day and closes at night, and does not open the next day. It is a common coastal and disturbed ground flower in the Mediterranean region. It looks like other members of the Iris family, but it grows closer to the ground. Linnaeus named the Iris family after the Greek goddess who carried messages from Olympus to earth via rainbows. The bright colors of the iris flowers, reminded Linnaeus of this legend.




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