Sisyrinchium bermudiana

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Sisyrinchium bermudiana
Sisyrinchium bermudianum B.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Genus: Sisyrinchium
Species: S. bermudiana
Binomial name
Sisyrinchium bermudiana
Synonyms[1]
  • Moraea bermudiana (L.) Thunb.
  • Marica bermudiana (L.) Ker Gawl.
  • Bermudiana bermudiana (L.) Kuntze, nom. inval.

Sisyrinchium bermudiana, known as Bermudiana[citation needed] or, along with other members of the genus, as blue-eyed-grass,[2] is a flower of the Sisyrinchium genus (of the iris family), that is indigenous to the Atlantic archipelago, and British Overseas Territory, of Bermuda. The plant appears and blooms in the spring. It has been used as a totemic flower by Bermudians, and appears in art, jewellery, banknotes and elsewhere.[3] Long believed to be limited to Bermuda, the plant has also been found around Lough Erne and Lough Melvin in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, where it is known as feilistrín gorm, or blue-eyed grass.

Taxonomy[edit]

Sisyrinchium bermudiana was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753.[4] The first described species in the genus Sisyrinchium, it is thus the type species. Linnaeus's specific epithet bermudiana was not an adjective (and thus does not have to agree in gender with Sisyrinchium) but a noun in apposition, derived from the earlier genus name Bermudiana.[5] He showed this by capitalizing the epithet, but modern practice is to use lower-case for all epithets.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sisyrinchium bermudiana", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2015-04-27 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ Government of Bermuda Department of Conservation Services: Bermudiana Archived 2015-04-27 at Archive.is
  4. ^ "IPNI Plant Name Details for Sisyrinchium bermudiana", The International Plant Names Index, retrieved 2015-04-27 
  5. ^ Linnaeus, C. (1753), "Sisyrinchium", Species Plantarum, vol. 2, p. 954, retrieved 2015-04-27