Neomarica gracilis (Herb.) Sprague , Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1928: 280 1928. (Syn: Cipura gracilis (Herb.) Heynh.; Cypella gracilis (Herb.) Klatt; Marica gracilis Herb.; Moraea cultriformis Schott ex Klatt);
Apostle’s Iris, Walking Iris;

WC. & SE. Brazil to Paraguay as per WCSP;



Flower ID Request – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

Attached is a flower that bloomed in my terrace garden (in South Delhi) just yesterday (1.4.09). Would appreciate the id.

It is Neomarica gracilis

I am surprised to see that Walking Iris (as Neomarica gracilis is
commonly called) is growing in Delhi. I was under the impression that it grows only in cooler places.

Links for NEOMARICA GRACILIS (Apostle’s Iris/ Walking Iris): & (pix with some details), (Dave’s Garden with comments).
Some extracts from Wikipedia link:





Neomarica gracilis-191209PKA1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

This beautiful garden variety was seen last sunday, details below. Request species ID.
Thank you.




14 March ’10, around 10.00am

Location – Place, Altitude, GPS:


Rani baug, Mumbai

Habitat- Garden/Urban/Wild/Type:


Urban, garden

Plant Habit- Tree/Shrub/Climber/Herb:






Leaves –Type/Shape/size :


Linear, parallel venation,glossy

Inflorescence Type/ size :


Solitary on top

Flowers – size /Colour/Calyx/ Bracts:


White, blue, maroon speckled-six free with scape and spathe.

Fruits Type/Shape/Size :


Not seen

Other information like Fragrance/ Odour/ Pollinator/Uses and so on:

Pleasant mild fragrance.

Excellent pictures of a beautiful flower.
Appears to be Neomarica gracilis posted earlier by some from Delhi and Munnar.

Apostle’s Iris
From the Iris family comes this Neomarica with sword shaped leaves and fragrant flowers. The delicate flowers last only a day but the plant continues to form new blooms for long periods of time during late spring months. Makes also an excellent houseplant.
This is not a water Iris, be careful not to overwater. Neomarica gracilis is a type of walking Iris. Once the flower is spent, the stem that it was born on lays to the ground and from that a new plant is formed. For that reason it is said to be walking across your garden.
You can divide plants and plant them in new locations.

Thank you … for the ID. … thanks for giving all the details. I was delighted to know I saw it in the short span the flowers last.





Ornamental Lilly for identification 240611MK01: please  help to ID this Lilly. Is this a Crinum sp.?

Date/Time- 09-04-2011 / 10:30 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.1800m ASL; Kothagiri, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- garden
Plant Habit-straggler
Height/Length- 0.5 m long bush
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- c. 30 – 40cm long;
Inflorescence Type/ Size- cyme
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 5cm across

This is Walking Iris or Apostle’s Iris from
Family : Iridaceae.
originates from Central America.



IRIS: I was in Kashmir during the summer of 1975. You see lots of flowers of different colour and shape at that time of the year. One such flower was Iris (of course, I did not know the identity of this flower at
that time.). I was at Chail during 1979-81. There I saw Iris of different colours. One particular Iris I saw in bloom at Tezpur in 2002. I got a sample of that species in our garden and it is in bloom now. I don’t know the
scientific name of this species. Attaching images of the flower. You may like it.

This is Walking Iris (Neomarica gracilis)

It can be Neomarica northiana (Walking Iris). ref BOTANICA Publication by Random House Australia Pty Ltd.Page 598.




Iris for Common & Botanical ID – 141211 – RK: (mixed thread): 3 correct images as above.
Pic taken at a friend’s garden, in Bangalore on 25-11-11 at 3pm.
This is a small variety – about 11/2 ‘ tall – the flower is about 31/2″ across. Lasts for a single day – wilts in the evening. Was growing in a pot – flowering all around the circumference. Has been transferred to the ground [in shade].

… native of Central AmericaNeomarica gracilis (Family: Iridaceae)
… commonly known as: walking iris, apostle’s iris

Thank you so much for providing the flowersofindia link. I had looked there under all the Irises but failed to get the ID. I had also confused this Iris with the one growing at my son’s place in Los Altos, California. I found so many differences! These pics shown once again for comparison… … had identified this as Dietis iridioidesAfrican Iris, Morea Lily, Fortnight Lily

This one must be Dietes iridioides (Family: Iridaceae) as … says …


Need identification : (mixed thread): 1 correct image as above. 4 posts by 3 authors.

Neomarica gracilis of Iridaceae


Id request : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).

Please identify this flowers photographed in Passingdam, North Sikkim, April – 2015

Neomarica gracilis (Iridaceae).


Id200109phk 2 /Id200109phk 3 : 3 posts by 3 authors. 1 correct image.

Pl. Id the followiing garden plants. photographed at Lonavala on 18 Jan 2009

First one (yellow) is Nasturtium – Tropaeolum majus – beautiful and delicious.

–phk2 is garden nasturtium: Tropaeolum majus
–phk3 is walking iris: Neomarica caerulea.

It should be Neomarica gracilis as per images herein.


Neomarica gracilis (Herb.) Sprague : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)- around 650 kb each.
Location: Gyaneswor, Kathmandu
Date: 11 April 2019

Elevation: 1300 m.

Habit : Cultivated

Neomarica gracilis :: Virajpet, Coorg :: 12 NOV 19 : 7 posts by 4 authors. 2 images.

… at a resort  in Virajpet, Coorg

Date: November 12, 2019 … Altitude: about 910 m (3000 ft) asl


Neomarica gracilis  (Herb.) Sprague  



original 3 petalled iris
often called walking iris

Id of Flower – Id10052020SH1 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)- around 700 kb each.

Can anyone please help me in identifying this Orchid ? I don’t remember how did I plant this. Whether it was a bulb or only a leaf (like Saussurea obvallata). Just thought that it’s a simple ornamental leaf plant and didn’t notice when did it bloom. Was so excited to see this beautiful and fragrant flower.
Location – Home Garden,Mumbai
Date – May 2020

Neomarica northiana, the Walking Iris

Not an Orchid.

This is an Iris, the Walking Iris. Neomarica gracilis.