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PITTIERI  Rose, 1911

Series Spicatae

Type : Pittier 1880, collected around the lagoon on the Volcan Ipala, Guatemala, 1500 m, 1907. (US 618381)

Etymology : Named for Henry Pittier, collector of Central American and Venezuelan plants.

Distribution : Guatemala (Departments Chiquimula, Sololá, Zacapa, El Progreso, Huehuetenango, Jutiapa, Totonicapán, Quetaltenango); Nicaragua (Dept. Jinotega); Costa Rica (West coast); epiphytic or on rocks in shaded forests.


First Description by Rose in Contributions from the US National Herbarium 13(9): 296. 1911 :

Caulescent, 10 cm or more high, crowned at the apex by a loose rosette of leaves, glabrous throughout.

Leaves 6 - 8 cm long, oblanceolate, tapering into a distinct petiole, acute, greenish or somewhat purplish, sometimes a little glaucous.

Flowering stem about 20 cm long, leafy, leaves similar to stem leaves.

Inflorescence a dense spike 4 - 5 cm long, flowers subtended by small linear rose-colored bracts and two inner bractlets.

Flowers : Calyx cleft nearly to the base into linear, acute lobes about two-thirds the length of the corolla, rose-colored, corolla when in bud somewhat 5-angled, corolla about 12 mm long, deeply cleft, the lobes stiff, erect or slightly spreading, acute, rose-colored, with a pronounced pocket near the base within, 5 stamens opposite the 5 petals inserted just above this pocket, the other 5 attached to the corolla but lower down, ovaries erect, tipped by the long, slender styles.

Cytology : n = 62.


Note :

The photo of this species in Pilbeam, The genus Echeveria, Fig. 284, p. 209, is completely wrong.

In habitat :

Photos Gerhard Köhres

In cultivation :

Photos Rudolf Zacher

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