Dionysia lurorum

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Botanical Description
Dionysia lurorum
Forming fairly lax cushions although some clones from exposed sites are notably more compact and should be sought out. Branches thin, even in mature plants. Leaves variable depending on whether they are from flowering shoots, which are elliptic to suborbicular in whorls and 1.5-4mm long; or from vegetative shoots which are oblanceolate to elliptic and 5-9mm long. Invariably covered in woolly farina. Inflorescence a 1-3 flowered umbel, corolla yellow, 9-11mm in diameter, tube 12-16mm long. Discovered in 1977 but not introduced into cultivation until 2000. Most collections were from around 2500m on Ghadee Kuh between Aligoudarz and Shoulabad in Iran’s Lorestan Province. Collections initially attributed to a new species D. aubretioides from the Bazoft Valley in Bakhtiari Province were subsequently shown by Liden to be merely luxuriant forms of this species from particularly shaded sites and that species name is no longer considered valid. T4Z133, T4Z135, T4Z136, JLMS02-86, JLMS02-110, DZ I 00-40, DZ I 01-15, JJMZ04-60, CIA145. 

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