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AGAVOIDES 'Red Edge'  Dodson, 1973

Synonyms :

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

Echeveria agavoides var. multifida  Walther (1972)  (nom. invalid.) / Echeveria agavoides 'Multifida' (Walther) Kimnach (1998) (nom. invalid.)

Description by E. Walther (Echeveria, 85-86, 1972) as E. agavoides var. multifida :

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 pompeian-red.

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 pompeian-red to Hays-maroon, corolla conoid-cylindroid, scarcely pentagonal, 9 mm long, 6 mm in diameter near base, scarlet-red to rose-doree 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 :

The decisive feature of this cultivar is not primarily the red leaf margin near apex but the 4- to 5-branched inflorescence.


Echeveria agavoides 'Red Edge' Dodson, The March 1973 offering of plants of the International Succulent Institute, Inc., Cactus and Succulent Journal (U.S) 45(2): 92. (Mar-Apr) 1973, as a correction to the misnaming of ISI 322 as Echeveria agavoides var. corderoyi in Cactus and Succulent Journal (U.S) 32(2): 39. (Mar-Apr) 1960.

T: Mexico; Dr. Meredith Morgan.

Std: UCBG 50.677.

Obs: This is the correct name for Echeveria agavoides var. multifida Walther (1972) & Echeveria 'Red Edge' Walther (1972), neither of which were valid or established because of simultaneous publication (ICN Art. 36.2 & ICNCP Art. 27.8).

Holotype of Echeveria agavoides 'Multifida' showing the many-branched inflorescences for which it has been named.

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