PULIDONIS  Walther, 1972   (engl./ fr.)

Series Urbiniae

Type : Pulido s.n. (CAS 414555), collected at Beristain, Puebla, 30 km from Necaxa on lateral road leading to Zacatlán.

Etymology : Named for its collector.

Distribution : Puebla, Veracruz, according to C.H. Uhl also in Hidalgo.


Description by E. Walther in Echeveria, 122-124, 1972 :

Plants glabrous.

Rosettes stemless, solitary at least when young, 8 cm or more in diameter.

Leaves numerous, to 25 or more, spreading to ascending, narrowly obovate-oblong to oblong-oblanceolate, long-attenuate to base, turgid, nearly flat above, beneath convex and obscurely keeled, at apex minutely mucronate, to 5 cm long and 15 mm broad, bice-green, with edges and mucro morocco-red, not puberulent or glaucous.

Inflorescences ascending-spreading to decumbent, to 18 cm tall, peduncle slender, 3 mm thick near base, dark olive-buff, with about six appressed, linear-lanceolate, acute olivine bracts to 15mm long, racemes simple, secund, strongly nodding in bud, with 10 or more flowers, pedicels to 6 mm long, slender but decidedly turbinate below calyx.

Flowers : Sepals unequal, longest to 6 mm long, spreading, deltoid or ovate-deltoid, acute, corolla bluntly pentagonal, strongly urceolate, conical in bud, to 10 mm long, 8 mm in diameter near base, 8 mm at mouth, lemon-yellow, both inside andout, petals gibbose at base, the apex strongly out- and recurved, bluntly mucronate, scarcely hollowed within  at base, carpels 6 mm long, nectaries to 2.5 mm wide, thin, strongly oblique, both chalcedony-yellow below, primrose-yellow above.

Flowers from April on.

Cytology : n = 32, 62, 64.

Link to a summary of the above description in English and French.

Note :

Offered as ISI 421 in 1963, even before name and description had been published, with the wrong information that Victor Reiter had received it from Eric Walther - it was the other way round : Sr. Pulido sent a plant to Victor Reiter to cultivate it, and Walther in due time described a plant he had got from V. Reiter. And the plant had not been collected at Necaxa, it had been found at Beristain, 30 km from Necaxa on road to Zacatlán.


Photo Emmanuelle Aubé
Photos Mateo Lichtenstein
Photos Thomas Delange

A variegated form :

Photo Leo Gonzalez

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