ISI 2012-14. Echeveria calderoniae Pérez-Calix

This fairly recently described species (Acta Bot. Mex. 38: 9-11, 1997) is still uncommon in cultivation, but its ease of culture and persistent rosettes should help to correct this situation. It’s distinctive in the series Secundae in its narrow leaves. These are green with a reddish apex, or whole leaves can blush reddish with age. We have also observed a peculiar habit of occasionally flowering terminally like a miniature, monocarpic agave. The orange, yellow-tipped flowers make a cheery display above the green foliage and are normally borne in a cincinnus, the curved inflorescence characteristic of many echeverias. HBG 108059, plants from seed and further vegetative propagation from seed collected Mar 15, 2005, by Martin Kristen & Julia Etter (EK 01839) near Santa Barbara, Guanajuato, Mexico. $6.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 84 (2), March - April, 2012