China's Flora Tour: The 'Purple butterflies' in the mountains

"Purple butterflies" bring a dash of color to the dark green forest on an alpine mountain in Shangri La, southwest China's Yunnan Province. But if you take a closer look, you'll know that these creatures are Iris bulleyana Dykes, a classic Iris species from western China.

Iris bulleyana Dykes or Iris bulleyana, also known as Bulley's Iris, is a perennial herb that can be found on meadows or hillsides near streams. It blossoms between June and July, and the special shape of its petals gives it a great value as an ornamental plant.

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China's Flora Tour

From the wetlands along the coast to the dense rainforests hidden in the southwest, China boasts an array of plant species. In this series, we will go on a tour to learn about some of the most representative flora in different provinces and see how they live in harmony with the local geography and climate.

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