HARMSII   Macbride, 1931   (engl./ fr.)

Synonyms :

Oliverella elegans  Rose (1903) / Cotyledon elegans  (Rose) N.E.Brown (1905) / Oliveranthus elegans  (Rose) Rose (1905) / Echeveria elegans  (Rose) Berger (1930)

Series Echeveria

Type : Rose & Hay 6073, found in cultivation at Amecameca, Estado de México, Mexico, 1901. US 395878.

Etymology : Named for the German botanist Hermann A.T. Harms (1870 - 1942).

Distribution : Mexico (Estado de México, Oaxaca, Hidalgo)


First Description by Rose as Oliverella elegans in Bulletin of the New York Botaniccal Garden 3: 2. 1903 (from a plant cultivated at Amecameca) :


Caulescent, 30 - 50 cm high, branching throughout, densely pubescent.

Leaves closely set near the ends of young branches, gradually falling away below, oblanceolate to spatulate, thick, but flattened except at base, acute, pubescent, 2 - 3 cm long.

Flowering branches slender, 10 cm long, with some scattered leaves, but finally becoming naked, terminated by one or two flowers.

Flowers : Sepals linear, spreading, very unequal, green, the longer ones 15 mm long, corolla 2.5 - 3 cm long, bright red except the yellow tips.

Cytology : n = 19.

Offered as ISI 495 in 1966.


Link to a French description.

Deutsche Beschreibung  1. Teil    

Deutsche Beschreibung  2. Teil


Plants: Weltevrede Succulent Nursery, South Africa

Photos Jacquie Koutsoudis, SA

A variegated form :

Plant at Weltevrede Succulent Nursery, SA

Photo Jacquie Koutsoudis

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