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GLOBULIFLORA  Walther, 1959  (engl./ fr.)


Type : As type Walther indicated MacDougall's collection B-79, however the type specimen was prepared from the plant Walther used for the description, not from MacDougall's plant ! That means this indication is completely wrong. ( CAS 408986 )

Etymology : Referring to the flower shape.

Distribution : No wild origin.

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. Walther has described E. globuliflora from a plant of Scott E. Haselton, without known origin, and has added two photos taken by the latter to illustrate his description. There is no doubt whatsoever that this plant is xCremneria 'Expatriata' and not an Echeveria ! That means Walther has described xC. 'Expatriata' !

There is no Echeveria globuliflora.

2. Photos Fig. 144 and 145 in Pilbeam, The Genus Echeveria, 124, 2008, do not correspond to Walther's description.

3. Which plant the habitat photos on show is not clear. Of course they do not match Walther's description .....

Photos from Cactus and Succulent Journal US 31(1) : 24-25, 1959 :

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