After our visit to the Zagros range we went north to the Alborz range. Here we found in the Heraz valley on the 15th of June 2003 some plants of Dionysia aretioides, all past flowering. Because we had faced some serious problems while being in ShareKord, we were not able to go to the north earlier and therefore missed the flowering period of this species. Fortunately we saw some other nice plants in this region, which you can view on the Iran-Oman tour website.
This was the first species of the genus to be discovered, and is one of the most well-known in cultivation. Its also one of the easiest to grow, and can be very floriferous. There are several clones available and propagation is easy by cuttings. Because of all these features its an ideal species for the first time grower of dionysias.