SETOSA var. SETOSA  (engl./ fr.)

Type : C.A.Purpus 419, collected 1907 on rocks. Cerro de la Yerba, just west of San Luis Atolotitlán, southern Puebla. US 592487.


Distribution : Mexico (Puebla: San Luis Atolotitlán, Cerro de la Yerba).



Description by Rose :


Acaulescent giving out offsets from the base.


Leaves 100 or more, forming dense almost globular rosettes (10 - 12 cm in diameter), thickish but flattened, spatulate to oblanceolate, 4 - 5 cm long with an ovate, acute tip, slightly ridged along the middle both above and below, covered on both sides with setiform hairs.


Flowering stems setose, 20 – 30 cm high, bearing small bract-like setose leaves.


Inflorescence usually simple, consisting of an 8 – 10-flowered secund raceme, lower pedicels 2 – 3 cm long, sepals green, linear, setose, spreading, petals 10 – 15 mm long, red at base, yellow at tip, smooth within, short-setose without, stamens white, styles greenish.


Cytology : n = 25


Link to a summary of the above description in French.


As the photos show, E. setosa var. setosa is an extremely variable species. 


Plants in habitat in Mexico :

Plantes dans l'habitat mexicain :


Photos Gerhard Köhres

Plants in cultivation :

Photos Werner Krell

Photo Werner Niemeier

Photos Jacquie Koutsoudis, SA

Photos Ed Dunin-Wasowicz

Photo Philip Greswell

Photos Werner Krell

Photos Noelene Tomlinson

E. setosa (San Mateo Penasco) :

Different forms of E. setosa :

Photos Margrit Bischofberger

A cristate form was published as Echeveria setosa 'Candy Floss' by Harry Mak in Photo album of succulents in color 3: 109 (Mar 2003) :

Photo Harry Mak

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