Moraea sisyrinchium (syn: Gynandiris sisyrinchium, Iris sisyrinchium) (NL: - / EN: Barbary Nut Iris /DE: Mittags-Schwertlilie /FR: Iris faux sisyrhinque), which looks very much like any other iris except that it is much lower-growing, occurs close to the coast throughout the Mediterranean but is also found in sandy margins of fields and on waysides. The pretty blue flowers are short-lived, opening around midday but closing again in the evening and not re-opening the following day.
Derivation of the botanical name: Moraea: in honor of (esquire of Shropshire) Robert More (1703-1780), an English amateur botanist and natural historian. Sisyrinchium: Greek σίσύρα sisyra, 'a cloak of shaggy goat's skin' and was applied to this plant because of the thick covering of coarse fibres which surrounds the corm.
Did you notice the little snail sleeping on the stem ?
Image: Vendicari (IT-SI) - 09/04/2012
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