Contributors; Preface; Illustration acknowledgements; 1. The Iris in history Charles Lyte; 2. Cultivation and the great Genus Peter Maynard; 3. Chromosomes and the Genus Iris J. R. Ellis; 4. Identification guide for plants as received; 5. Subgenus Iris: the Bearded Irises Nigel Service and Martyn Rix; 6. Subgenus Limniris: the Beardless Irises Christopher Brearley, J.R. Ellis, Christopher Grey-Wilson, V. A. Dickson-Cohen, Sidney Linnegar, Marian Bowley, Anne Blanco White, Ofer Cohen, Aaron Davis and Stephen Jury; 7. Subgenus Nepalensis (Dykes) Clive Innes; 8. Subgenus Xiphium (Miller) Spach Brian Matthew; 9. Subgenus Hermodactyloides Spach (the Reticulata Irises) William R. Killens; 10. I. pariensis Welsh 1986 J. W. Waddick; References; Select bibliography; Glossary; Maps William R. Killens; Line drawings Christabel King; Colour plates; Index of Iris species; Index of species names from other classifications.
This 1997 volume provided the first comprehensive survey of this group of plants since publication of The Genus Iris by W. R. Dykes.
Review of the hardback: ' ... useful, distilled and succinct ...
Contributors to this book include most of the authors working on
and growing irises in the United Kingdom ... as well as some from
abroad ... It should please gardeners and botanists alike.' Stephen
Anderton, The Horticulturalist
Review of the hardback: ' ... the Guide is an achievement to be celebrated and should be a standard reference work for many years'. The Hardy Plant Society
Review of the hardback: ' ... a beautifully produced book which will no doubt be of interest of keen Iris growers everywhere ... a valuable publication for the identification of species in this wonderful genus'. Richard Wilford, Bentham-Moxon Trust
Review of the hardback: '... clearly and simply written with abundant useful information'. Douglas Darnowski, Plant Science Bulletin
Review of the hardback: '... a very consciously written result of a criticla sutdy of literature, synthesised with systematic, planned, long time collected personal experience and continuous mutual exchange of experience of authors belonging to a wide range of professions - from pure scientists to keen amateur gardenerrs ... The Guide to Species Irises is a very important manual for anybody who will work seriously with this genus and a resource of extremely valuable garden plants - one of the basic perennials in the moderate climate of all parts of the world.' M. Blazek (Pruhonice), Biologia Plantarum