Dionysia janthina

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Botanical Description
Dionysia janthina
Very like D. curviflora in general appearance but differing in the leaves that are hairy almost all over. The calyx is also hairy on the outside in contrast to D. curviflora. Corolla pink, often paler in the centre with a yellowish eye. Tube 10mm long, 6-7mm diameter, divided into broad-obcordate, deeply emarginate lobes. As fine a plant in cultivation as D. curviflora, but more tricky to cultivate successfully. All species produce a few precocious flowers in the autumn, this species more than most. Central Iran, Yazd Province, near Taft and Mehriz, on shaded limestone cliffs, 1800-2000m. Clones in cultivation JCA2806, DZ I 01-01, T4Z006, T4Z007, T4Z008, JLMS02-05, SLIZE265, KUHI279-1, KUHI280-6.

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