Theophrastos, Enquiry into Plants 4.4.1
Theophrastos, Historia Plantarum (=HP) 4.4.1; Loeb trans. Hort
In different parts of Asia also there are special trees, for the soil of the various regions produces some but not others. Thus they say that ivy and olive do not grow in Asia in the parts of Syria which are five days’ journey from the sea; but that in India ivy appears on the mountain called Meros, whence, according to the tale, Dionysos came. Wherefore it is said that Alexander, when he came back from an expedition, was crowned with ivy, himself and his army. But elsewhere in Asia it is said to grow only in Media, for that country seems in a way to surround and join on to the Euxine sea.
However, when Harpalos took great pains over and over again to plant it in the gardens of Babylon, and made a special point of it, he failed; since it could not live like the other things introduced from Hellas. ...
- ἀλλ’ ἐν Ἰνδοῖς φανῆναι κιττὸν ἐν τῷ ὄρει τῷ Μηρῷ καλουμένῳ, ὅθεν δὴ καὶ τὸν Διόνυσον εἶναι μυθολογούσι