Lithodora hispidula ssp. versicolor Meikle, 1983
Common names: Γαϊδουρόθρουμπος [Gr], Yanardöner çalısı [Tu]
Mut, MERSIN ● Turkey
Description: Much branched shrublet, 15-35cm high, the lateral branches short and stiff, bearing appressed, whitish bristles.
The glossy leaves are obovate to oblanceolate or oblong, to 1.5cm long, dark green with whitish bristles.
The flowers 9-12mm long, blue or blue-violet. The flowers usually open white, aging pink to lilac before finishing as blue or blue-violet.
The subsp. versicolor differs from the subsp. hispidula in its taller habit (stems to 1 m, not 35 cm); the leaves with persistent short ad pressed hairs, as well as scallered tuberculate-based setae, on upper surface and the flowers pink, red or white (rarely purple or mauve but apparently never blue), borne usually in three (not mostly singly) at ends of branches.
Three subspecies are known:
• L. h. ssp. hispidula - Endemic to East Aegean Islands, Crete and Western Turkey.
• L. h. ssp. versicolor Meikle, 1983 – Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey (South Anatolia).
• L. h. ssp. cyrenaica (Pamp.) Brullo & Furnari, 1979 – Endemic of Libya.
Biology: Flowering from April to June.
Habitat: Open pine forest, macchie and open rocky slopes, on dry, chalky and calcareous soils, up to 1000 m.
Distribution: East Aegean Islands, Crete, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria.
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