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GLOBULIFLORA  Walther, 1959  (engl./ fr.)


Series Nudae - the inclusion in series Nudae is disputable.

Type : MacDougall B-79, collected on Cerro Jilotepec, San Pedro Jilotepec, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. CAS 408986.

Etymology : Referring to the flower shape.

Distribution : Mexico (Oaxaca, Distr. Tehuantepec, Cerro Jilotepec) ± 2100 m.

First Description by E. Walther in Cactus and Succulent Journal US 31(1) : 24-25. 1959 :

Plant glabrous, with evident, erect, at first simple stem to 10 cm tall or more.

Bark of stem usually roughened.

Leaves numerous, subrosulately crowded, ascending when young, later spreading, oblong-oblanceolate to obovate-cuneate, mucronate, to acute or shortly acuminate, about 5 cm long, 15 mm broad, rather thin even though fleshy, upcurved, somewhat oblique, keeled beneath, lettuce to elm-green, strongly tinged pompeian-red beneath, especially at edges and keel.

Inflorescences 3 to 5, arising from between lower leaves, to 25 cm tall, equilateral, irregularly paniculate-racemose or cymose, peduncle erect to spreading, or even decumbent in shade, 3 mm thick below, acajou-red, lower bracts not readily detained, obovate oblong, to 20 mm long, thick, subtriquetous, obliquely keeled, acute, or truncate and mucronate, upcurved, colour as leaves; lower branches of inflorescence few, short, with 2 to 6 flowers each, pedicels jasper-pink with bloom intact; upper pseudo-pedicels slender, elongate, to 10 mm long or more, somewhat thickened below calyx, bearing 2 slender, linear, terete, upcurved bractlets that are often only 1 mm long, biscay-green, tips brown.

Sepals nearly equal, linear-lanceolate, subterete, acute, strongly ascending to appressed, longest 4 to 5 mm long, biscay-green, tips brown, corolla globose-urceolate, almost spherical at anthesis but pentagonal, to 10 mm long, 9 mm in diameter near base, 6 mm wide at mouth at anthesis, peach-red, petals keeled, rather broad, folded together above, apex blutly apiculate, bearing a fine, retrorse bristle-like tip, edges lighlt-orange-yellow; carpels 6 mm long, slender, bright-green-yellow to neva-green above, nectaries transversely lunate-reniform, 1 – 1.5 mm wide.

Flowering time : May – November.


Cytology : n = 42

Link to summaries of the above description in English and French.


Note :

1. Whether Fig. 144 and 145 in Pilbeam, Echeveria, show the correct plant is rather doubtful.

2. Photos 5 - 7 on show xCremneria expatriata.

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