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Dionysia janthina

After visiting the Kerman region we drove to the northwest, to the city of Yazd.
Here we wanted to visit the nearby Shir Kuh mountains, home of both Dionysia janthina and Dionysia curviflora. Once in the Shir Kuh we faced some serious problems with our car, a leaf spring in the front wheel suspension broke! Luckily we still could drive, by driving very slowly we managed to get to the city of Yazd.
We first had to go to a garage to find out what exactly had happened, and indeed the front leaf spring was broken! A new one had to be send from Germany, after all it took 14 days before we could continue...
In the mean time one of the mechanics had fixed a "new" leaf spring, and with this we were able to go back to Shir Kuh.
On the 14th of April 2003 we first went to a gorge near the town of Taft, here we found Dionysia janthina. Unfortunately all plants were past flowering, due to the problems with our car we had missed this. Most of the plants grow on the north side of this gorge, which is in fact not part of the Shir Kuh.
In cultivation this is also a very beautiful species and not particular difficult.
Usually plants can become rather old, but younger plants are mostly more floriferous
Propagation is quite easy by cuttings.

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