Iridaceae Juss.
Iris tigridia Bunge
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Description: Plants small tufted. Scapes 50-10 cm long. Radical leaves 10-25 cm long, 1.5-3 mm wide, erect or little curved/sword-like/, slightly narrowed to apex, with several lacerate, brown sheaths at base. Involucral bracts broad-lanceolate, 3-4 cm long, membranous, longer than capsule. Flower solitary, red. Perianth-tube equal or shorter than bended part of petals. Outer segments 3-4 cm long, its blades reverse-ovate, forked at tip and base, slightly narrowed to claw. Capsule 2.5-3 cm long, narrowed to tip and base.

Distribution: Khubsugul, Khentei, Khangai, Mongol-Daurian, Middle Khalkha. In Dundgobi: Rather rare on territories of northern soums, only.

Growing condition (Habitat): Steppe debris and stony slopes, rocks and screes, sandy-pebble steppes.

Consequence: Pasture plant, eatable for small cattle. Also useful for medicine.