Description by Baker as Cotyledon pumila in Saunders Refugium Botanicum 1: nr. 16, pl. 62.1869 :
Not at all caulescent, glabrous, copiously stoloniferous from the crown of the root.
The leaves fifty to sixty in a very dense rosette, the outer ones spreading, an inch and a half to two inches long by six to seven lines broad five-sixths of the way up, the apex subdeltoide with a mucro, the lower three-quarters cuneately narrowed to a broad base, both sides a very pale glaucous-green, the old leaves tinged with red upwards.
Flowering branches six to nine inches long, slender, terete, pinkish glaucous, with only a few distant bract-like leaves.
Raceme 8- to 13-flowered, finally two to three inches long.
Bracts lanceolate, about equalling the erecto-patent pedicels, the lowest of which are at last three lines long.
Calyx and corolla as E. secunda and E. glauca.
1. Baker states that E. secunda, E. glauca and E. pumila "agree in general habit, calyx and corolla". E. pumila is distinguished from the former two by its somewhat smaller size and more compact growth.
2. Echeveria pumila has been described from a plant in cultivation from the nursery of Van Houtte in Belgium. No Mexican origin is known. However a plant selected in cultivation from a multitude of propagated seedlings cannot possibly be classified as a distinct species.