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CYPRIUM A. K. Jackson & Turrill, 1939

Distribution : Southern Cyprus; crevices of igneous (rarely limestone) rocks, 150 - 1600 m.



Description (according to IHSP, 2003) :


Monocarpic herbs, erect, 9 - 15 (-35) cm, with a flat basal rather lax rosette.


Leaves shrivelling at or soon after anthesis, flat, broadly spatulate, 3 - 6 x 1 - 2 cm, obtuse or rounded, green in the shade, reddish in the sun, glabrous, margins entire, narrowly scarious.


Inflorescences : Stem leaves numerous, flat, shorter than those of the rosette but proportionately wider, thinly glandular-pubescent, continuing as bracts into the lower part of the inflorescence ; inflorescences usually unbranched cylindrical to narrowly conical panicles, 6 - 16 (-20) cm, axis densely glandular.


FIowers very numerous but less densely crowded than in S. microstachyum, 5-merous, 3 - 4 mm pedicellate, sepals free almost to the base, ovate-acuminate, glandular, ± 1,5 x 0.8 mm, petals narrowly ovate-acuminate, keeled, ± 2,5 x 1 mm, reddish or greenish, filaments minutely papillose towards the base.


Related to S. cepaea and very close to S. lampusae with equally glabrous rosette leaves and S. microstachyum with glandular-pubescent rosette leaves.



South side Troodos mountains, c100m

South side Troodos mountains, c1000 m

Photos Ray Stephenson

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