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SUBALPINA  Rose & Purpus, 1910  (engl./ fr.)

Synonyms :

Echeveria akontiophylla  Werdermann (1932)

Echeveria meyraniana  Walther (1959)

Series Secundae

Type : Purpus s.n., collected in the subalpine regions of Orizaba in 1907. US 592489.

Etymology : For the subalpine habitat.

Distribution : Mexico (Puebla, Tlaxcala, Veracruz).



First Description by Rose & Purpus in Contributions from the US National Herbarium 13: 45. 1910 :


Leaves arranged in open rosettes (20 to 25 cm in diameter), linear-lanceolate, with reddish attenuate tips, 7 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 2 cm broad, very glaucous.

Flowering stem simple, rarely 2-branched, bearing few bract-like leaves.

Inflorescence a secund raceme, 8 to 20-flowered, pedicels very short, hardly elongating in age.

Flowers : Sepals ascending, corolla 12 mm long, cinnabar red without, yellowish within, petals blunt, yellowish-margined, stamens yellow, stigmas bright green.

Cytology : n = 34.

Link to a short description in French. 


1. The rosette diameter of E. subalpina is variable. While plants usually do not branch, the collection from Tlaxcala (San Francisco Temetzontla, Municipality of Panotla, Cerro Cuatlapanga) has smaller leaves and more caespitose rosettes. 

2. Very often the hybrid E. 'Olivine' is distributed under the name of this species.

In habitat, north-east of Esperanza, State of Puebla, under bushes on a steep slope between rocks.

Dans l'habitat, nord-Est de Esperanza, État de Puebla, sous arbustes sur une pente raide entre rochers.

Photos Mieke Geuens

E. subalpina Perote, Veracruz, Mexico.
Photos Margrit Bischofberger

Perote, Veracruz

Atzizintla, Puebla

Photos Mateo Lichtenstein

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