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ANDICOLA   Pino, 2005   (engl./ fr.)

Series Racemosae

Type : Pino 1320, Peru, Dept. Junin, Prov. Tarma, Dist. Acomayo, 3170 m asl.

Etymology : In reference to its habitat in the Andes mountains.

Distribution : Peru : Departments of Junin, Pasco and Huánuco.

 

First Description by Pino in Haseltonia 11: 98-102, 2005 :

 

A succulent glabrous herb, usually with a single rosette.

Roots 3 - 8, tuberous, 0.4 - 0.6 cm thick, 5 - 12 cm long, light brown to white.

Stem subterranean, 1 - 3 (-4) cm diameter, 4 - 10 cm long, rarely branched, erect.

Rosette 7 - 13 (-18) cm diameter.

Leaves 18 - 40, sessile, succulent, horizontally flat, obovate when young, later lanceolate-obovate to oblong, 5.5 - 8 (-10) cm long, (1.5-) 2.5 - 3.5 (-4) cm wide 2 cm from apex, 2.5 - 4 cm wide at middle, 1.2 - 1.8 (-2,2) cm wide at base, 2 - 3 mm thick, acute or sometimes obtuse, with a miniature triangular mucro 0.5 mm long, 1 mm wide, flat or sometimes recurved, upper side flat to slightly convex, light green, sometimes slightly glaucous, lower side flat, green, sometimes red-dotted and obscurely keeled, margins smooth but faceted near apex when young.

Flowering stem simple, erect, 20 - 35 cm long, 4 - 6 mm diameter at base, 1.5 - 2 mm diameter at apex, yellowish green near base, bright red towards apex. Peduncular bracts 7 - 10 (-15), lanceolate, 3 - 3.5 cm long, 9 - 13 mm wide, 2 - 3 mm thick, yellowish green. Pedicels erect, 0.2 - 1 cm long, 1.2 - 1.5 mm diameter, bright red, with 1 linear, curved bracteole, 0.9 - 1.3 mm long and 1.8 - 2.2 mm wide, yellowish green.

Flowers 11 - 22, appearing from November to May. Calyx lobes united at base, erect. Sepals linear-lanceolate, acute, 6 - 9 mm long, 2 - 2.5 mm wide, green, reddish at base. Corolla ovoid, pentagonal, 8 - 10 mm thick near base. Petals elliptic-oblong, acuminate, 1.0 - 1.4 cm long, 3 - 3.5 mm wide, exterior red, keeled, apex uncinate, recurving, inner surface pink.......

Link to a summary of the above description in English and French. 

First published in Haseltonia 11, 2005.

Note :

In the past, the newly described E. deltoidea has been confused with E. andicola.

E. andicola, 12 km NE of Tarma, on the road 20A, between Tapo and Palca :

E. andicola, 12 km au nord-est de Tarma, sur la route 20A, entre Tapo et Palca :




Photos Guillermo Rivera



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