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Stinking Iris?

Observed: 15th November 2012 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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I'm reasonably sure this is Stinking Iris but I'd welcome confirmation or correction. Personally I don't think it's well named as it smells like roast beef to me.

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Species with which Stinking Iris (Iris foetidissima) interacts


Rachy Ramone's picture

"Roast Beef plant"... what it used to be called, but these days it's known as Stinking Iris.

Makes you realise (as I have commented before, but it bears repeating) that in the "old days" they used to eat their meat a lot older than we do!

Adam, I have to agree, though, that at times I find the smell of this plant appetising: at other times, not so much.

I guess it's possible that the chemical which gives it the smell can wax and wane as the plant moves through its life cycle?

Rachy Ramone

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ar8922's picture

Thanks Rachy

I'll check the smell again each time I come across it... to see if it varies much.