Cyclamen pseudibericum Hildebrand
Sincan, Iskenderum, HATAY ● Turkey
Description: Cyclamen pseudibericum is one of the most attractive species in the genus. The large flowers, which appear between March and May, are described by Grey-Wilson (1988) as a vivid magenta colour, sometimes lilac-magenta, with a chocolate-magenta ace-of-spades shaped blotch towards the base of each petal, the stalk of the blotch bisecting a white zone surrounding the mouth. The petals are 18-25mm (0.72-1.0 inches) long and 8-11mm (0.35-0.45 inches) wide.
The leaves are broadly cordate, 2.3-7.8cm (0.9 - 3.0 inches) long and 2-8.2cm (0.8 - 3.3 inches) wide. They are invariably very glossy, dark green with grey-green or whitish marbling. The tuber roots from underneath. Chromosome count 2n=30.
Habitat: In grows in Pinus brutia forest and deciduous Quercus and Fagus scrub, amongst rocks and tree roots in deep leaf litter, at altitudes of 500 -1,500m (1,640 - 4,920 ft).
Distribution: Cyclamen pseudibericum grows in a small area in the Amanus and Anti-Taurus Mountains of southern Turkey. The known distribution describes an arc from the northern Hatay at Dortyol, through Karatepe, Dul-Dul-Dag, Duzici (Harunye), Yenicekale, Puren Pass, Feke, and Karsanti.
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