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MONOGRAPH OF THE GENUS XIPHION. By J. G. Baker, F.L.S.

{Continued from page 14.)

6. X. jiincenm, Klatt ; bulbo ovoideo parvo membranaceo-tunicato, apice setoso, caule llexuoso pedali vel sesqiiipedali 1-2-floro, foliis cau- liiiis 4-6 distichis falcatis filiformibus subpedalibus, spatlipe valvis ven- tricosis 2-3-uncialibus ad basin limbi attingentibus, pedicello ovavio breviore, periantliii tubo ovario 2-3-plo longiore, limbo flavesccnte 1^-2- uuciali, segiueutis exterioribus lamina obovato ungue cuueato sequante, interioribus erectis oblaneeolatis longe ungniculatia, exterioribus dis- tincte brevioribus 2-3-plo angustioribns, stigmatibus cum cristis seg- mentis exterioribus subaequilongis. — X. JHnceum,']L\?Ai, Linnsea, vol. xxiv. p. 570; Parlatore, Fl. Ital. vol. iii. p. 304. Iris jnncea, Desf. Fl. Atlant. 1/39, t. 4 (1798) ; Lam. Encyc. vol. iii. p. 305 ; Bert. Manip. p. 4. t. 1; Fl. Ital. vol. i. p. 244 ; Boiss.' Voy. vol. ii. p. 603 ; Munby, Fl. Alg. vol. i. p. 6, uon Brotero. /. imherbis, Poiret, Voy. Barb. vol. ii. p. 85 (1789). /. maiirltanica, Clusius, Sprcng. Syst. vol. i. p. 159. Diaphane stijlosciy Salisb. Hort. Trans, vol. i. p. 305.

Bulb ovoid, 6-9 lines thick, with several dark browa membranous coats passing into a crown of fibres round the base of the stem, the root- lets fibrous. Stem wiry, erect, flexuose, usually single-headed, with 2-3 filiform leaves placed laxly on each side, which are not above 1^-2 lines broad where they leave the stem, the lowest often a foot long. Spathe ventricose, the valves 2-3 inches long, reaching up to the base of the limb at the flowering time. Pedicel within the spathe very short, ovary 8-9 lines long. Tube very slender, 12-18 lines long above The ovary. Limb pale yellow, veined with reddish-brown, the outer divisions with an obovate limb 6-9 lines broad, equalling in length the cuneate claw. Inner divisions erect, oblanceolate, 3-4 lines broad, 12-15 lines long, narrowed gradually into a slender claw. Stigmas, including the crest, nearly as long as the outer divisions, 5-6 lines broad.

Hab. Tangiers, Salzmaun ! Algeria, not unfrequeut, Schimper ! Bove ! Jamin, 100 !, etc. Jtaly; near Genoa, and on the south coast of Sicily, De Notaris, etc.

A very well-marked species, by the character of its inner segments con- necting Eitxlphion with Jiino. Wlllkonim and Lange's description evi- dently refers to the true plant, but Brotero and Webb have both confused it with lunitanicait}, and we are not able to say what the Cataloniaii plant, gathered by Webb, which is referred here, really is.

7. X. reticitlutum, Klatt; bulbo ovoideo fibroso-tunicato, foliis radi- calibus solum productis post anthesin maturatis 6-9-uncialibus erectis anguste linearibus i)rofunde caualiculatis, sc.ipo 1-3-nnciali unilloro, valvis spathie 2-3-uneialibus hand ventricosis, ovario vix stipitato, tubo 2-^3- unciali stepe exserto, perianlhii limbo l|^-unciali saturate violaceo seg- nienlis icquilongis oblaneeolatis interioribus paulo brevioribus, stigmatibus cum cristis limbo icquilongis. — Xiphluu rHic/i/.aii(m,}i\iiU., Liuniua, vol. xxiv. p. 572. Iris reticulata, U. Bieb. Fl. Taur. Cauc. p. 34. t. 1 ; Cent. PI. Ear. Ross. t. ] 1 ; Led. Fl. Ross. vol. iv. p. 93 ; Sweet, IHow. Gard. ser. ii. t. 189; Bot. Mag. t. 5577; Lodd. Bot. Cab. t. 1829; Journ. llort. Soc. vol. iii. t. 166; Regel, Gartenll. 1864, t. 453. Neubeckia reticulata, Alefeld, Bot. Zcit. 1SG3, p. 2fi9.

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