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Stop and look closely at an iris or gladiolus the next time you come across one in a yard, a bouquet, or at the florist. Members of this family produce regular, bisexual flowers with parts in multiples of three. There are 3 sepals, colored to look like petals, and 3 true petals, plus 3 stamens. The ovary is positioned inferior and consists of 3 united carpels (syncarpous/tricarpellate) with the partition walls usually present, forming an equal number of chambers. It matures as a capsule containing many seeds.
Key Words: "Like Lilies, but with leaves in a flat plane."
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