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AGAVOIDES 'Multifida' (Walther) Kimnach, 1998   (nom. invalid.)

Synonyms :

Echeveria agavoides var. multifida  Walther (1972) (nom. invalid.)

Echeveria agavoides 'Red Edge'  Walther (1972) (nom. invalid.)

Etymology : The name refers to the many-branched inflorescence.

Type : CAS 413922, from a plant collected at the University of California Botanical Garden.

Distribution : Mexico (San Luis Potosí : Hacienda de San Francisco)


Description by E. Walther as E. agavoides var. multifida (Echeveria, 85-87, 1972) :

Rosettes usually solitary even when old.

Leaves numerous, as many as 50 in each rosette, crowded, broadly ovate, shortly acuminate, to 8 cm long or more, 3 - 4 cm broad or more, shallowly concave above, beneath rounded and faintly keeled, sessile, difficult to detach without breaking, amber-coloured, with margins near apex deep carmine.

Inflorescences to 25 cm tall, peduncle slender, erect-ascending, carmine, bracts appressed, racemes two to five on each peduncle, secund-racemose, strongly nodding before anthesis, with about 12 flowers each, pedicels slender, to 9 mm long or more, turbinate below calyx, brazil-red.

Flowers : Sepals unequal, longest 3 - 4 mm long, deltoid, acute, ascending to appressed, connate and decurrent at base, colour carmine to brownish-red, corolla conoid-cylindroid, scarcely pentagonal, 9 mm long, 6 mm in diameter near base, scarlet-red to pinkish-red below, light orange-yellow at tips and inside, petals somewhat spreading at tips, scarcely hollowed, not keeled, thin, bluntly mucronate, styles apple-green, carpels 8 mm long, nectaries thin, very oblique, scarcely over 1 mm wide, nearly white.

Flowering time : March and April.

Note :

1. Echeveria agavoides var. multifida was described from a plant of unknown origin, it has never been found in the wild. The description therefore is of no use.

2. Formally, E. agavoides var. multifida is a renaming of E. agavoides 'Red Edge', however the plants used for the respective descriptions are not identical.

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