ISI 2012-15. Echeveria cante Glass & M. Mend.-Garc

This choice species was described in the Cactus and Succulent Journal in 1997, clarifying the long-standing confusion with E. subrigida (see ISI 2011-26). The latter comes in both green and chalky white forms but differs in its more succulent, channeled leaves. Those of E. cante are flatter and more pruinose with pink margins which accent the glaucous, pinkish-orange flowers. While flowers of this species are seen often enough, plants in cultivation have been shy to produce seed until recently. The specific epithet is derived from Cante A. C., a supporting organization of Charlie Glass’ botanical work while he lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The name “cante” is in turn derived from the Pame-Chichimeca word meaning “the water that gives life”. The species is native to the Mexican state of Zacatecas, in the Sierra de Chapultepec between Sombrerete and Fresnillo. HBG 108060, plants grown from seed by C & J Cactus Nursery. $8.

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