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TABACONASENSIS   Pino & Novoa, 2020

Series Racemosae

Type : Peru : Dept. Cajamarca, Prov. San Ignacio, Dist. Tabaconas, San Miguel de Tabaconas, Cerro el Salado, on a southwest-facing 45° slope, in soil among grass, 1888 m, June 12, 2007.

Distribution : Up to now it has only been found in the North of Peru, near the border of Ecuador, but it may also exist there.

 

Description by G. Pino (in CSJ US 92(19 : 31-34. 2020) :

Succulent, glabrous herb.

Stem absent or very short, densely covered in dry leaves.

Rosette single, but small plantlets formed at tips of root branches.

Leaves (20-) 30 - 45, sessile, strongly attached, succulent, oblong to very narrowly obovate, 3 - 6 (-8) cm long, 1 - 3 cm wide at widest part in the middle, 4 - 10 mm thick, upper side flat to slightly concave, lower side convex or obscurely keeled, apex acute or acuminate with a minute deltoid mucro, margins rounded, light green, sometimes reddish on apical part.

Flowering stem a raceme, nodding at first, later erect, rachis 25 - 35 cm long, light green, pink when exposed, bracts 25 - 45, 1 - 2 x 1 - 1.2 cm, ascending, with a transparent spur at base, pedicels 3 - 5 mm long.

Flowers 25 - 35, 1 - 1.4 cm long and 6 - 6.5 mm  diam., sepals united at base, spreading, oblong, acute 4 - 5 x 1.5 - 2.5 mm, bright green to glaucous with reddish tip, petals oblong, acuminate, 1.1 - 1.2 cm long, 1.5 - 2.5 mm wide, outside cream at base, bright red towards tips, margins and keel, apex recurving, inside cream, reddish towards tip.

Flowering time : June - July.

Note :

In 2009 Pino described this plant as E. cuencaensis because it corresponded to the short and somewhat deficient description by von Poellnitz of 1935. This is now corrected and the plant is considered a new species, very different from E. cuencaensis but closely related to E. eurychlamys. However it is occurring at lower elevations than the latter with continuous rain almost all over the year.

 




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