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WESTII  Walther, 1972  (engl./ fr.)

Series Racemosae

Type : Hutchison 1800 (UC 1200467); Ollantaytambo, Prov. Urubamba, Dept. Cuzco, 3000 m, 1957.

Etymology : Named for James West who had first found this species.

Distribution : Peru (Cuzco); 3000m.

Description by Walther from a plant collected by James West on ruins of Ollantaytambo, flowered July 1938 :


Plants glabrous.


Stems short, but with evident lateral offshoots.


Leaves densely rosulate, rhomboid-obovate, cuneate at base, acute, thickish, upcurved, somewhat keeled beneath, above flat or slightly concave, not papillose, 30 to 35 mm long, 12 to 20 mm broad, at base 5 mm wide, with petiole nearly quadrangular in cross-section, dark olive-green, brownish near apex, not glaucous.


Inflorescences equilaterally racemose, but often congested and shortened into a few-flowered cyme, peduncle laxly ascending, to 25 cm tall, dark purplish-red, lower bracts most readily detached, broadly obovate-elliptic, acute, to 14 mm long and 8 mm broad, thick, convex on both sides, upper bracts conspicuous, enveloping buds, pedicels to 9 mm long, old-rose, bractlets to 9 mm long, oblong-lanceolate, acute, subterete or subtriquetrous, readily detached.


Flowers : Sepals subequal, longest to 10 mm long, obovate-oblong, acute, thick, dark olive-green, somewhat glaucous, corolla urceolate, 11 to 13 mm long, 8 mm in basal diameter, rose-doree at base, to pink, at apex golden yellow, petals with tips incurved, basal hollow distinct, nectaries reniform, to 2 mm wide.


Flowering time from July on.

Cytology : n = ± 260

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