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Dionysia termeana
April/May 2000 Iran Tour

Botanical Description
Forming lax tufts or cushions, those from drier, more exposed locations being more compact with smaller leaves. Stems becoming woody below with the dead leaf remains overlapping in whorls. Leaves obovate-spathulate to linear-lanceolate or linear-oblong, 6-11mm long, 2-5mm wide, glandular-pubescent with prominent veins. Corolla yellow, 10-12mm diameter, tube 15-17mm long, lobes obcordate, emarginate. Vigorous but difficult to grow beyond 20cm in diameter. Despite being identified in 1970 it was not introduced into cultivation until 1998. Found on limestone cliffs, 2200m-3400m in various locations near Sisakht, Kohgilouyeh Province, Iran. SLIZE235, JMM01-40, DZ I 00-46, JLMS02-34, KUHI272-2. Although not prone to hybridisation in cultivation this species was a party to the first natural hybrid (D. bryoides x D. termeana) ever found.

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