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Blackberry lily

Flower
Family Iridaceae
Name Iris domestica
Synonym Belamcanda chinensis
Common Names Blackberry Lily, Leopard Lily
Etymology
Iris From Latin iris meaning rainbow, referring to the many and varied colours of its flowers.
domestica From Latin domesticatim meaning at home, to mean domesticated, the species was renamed domestica when the plant was moved from Belamcanda to Iris because Iris chinensis already exists as a synonym of Iris japonica.

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers

Belamcanda is related to Iris. In the Spring, it bears clusters of spotted orange flowers on thin stems. This is followed by obvoid green fruits that split in the autumn to reveal shiny black seeds, the size of ball bearings. The leaves look like those of bearded iris.

The Chinese have for centuries used the leaves and roots of Belamcanda as a medicine for the relief of several ailments.


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