ISI 2007-11. Aeonium ciliatum Webb & Berthelot

This aeonium stands out among its relatives both literally and taxonomically. Its ciliate leaf margins, among other features, distinguish it as a species but its statuesque habit distinguishes it in the landscape. Individual rosettes to 30 cm across top bare 2.5 to 3.5 cm diameter stems to 2 m or more tall. The stems are ashen and are ornamented with elegantly spiraled, dark brown, broadly wedge-shaped leaf scars surmounted by a small fissure in an arrangement reminiscent of candle flames. Rooted cuts of HBG 81087, a plant collected Feb. 2, 1997, by N. Barboza (# 752) at Lomo de las Bodegas (910 m), in the Anaga Mtns. at the northern tip of Tenerife, Canary Islands. $6.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 79 (2), March - April, 2007