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Echeveria cante

Echeveria cante has Solitary, rosette sessile, 30-40 cm in diameter, leaves several, 35-50 or more in large, old specimens, densely crowded, 15-18.5 cm long, 6.5-7.5 cm wide, ca. 3 cm wide at base, 10 mm thick at base, 6 mm thick above, rather flat to slightly concave above, not markedly channelled, slightly convex below, without keel, basal attachment ca. 24 mm wide, leaves pale bluish-green tinged lavender, highly farinose, with a milky opalescent quality, with thinedged, narrow, pink margins, sometimes with a slight pleat or marginal fold near the apex. Inflorescence maturing in late summer; flowering stem laterally ascending, pruinose Mexican-red, usually solitary, occasionally 2-4, 45-60 cm long, ca. 10 mm in diameter near the base, with about 5 branches 3-8 cm apart, each with 4-12 flowers; bracts 55, to 17 mm long, 4-10 mm wide, soon drying and falling. Pedicels (2-) 4-17 mm long and 4 mm thick. Flowers ca. 23 mm long; sepals 10-15 mm long, 7-9 mm wide near base, pruinose grayish lavender, curved, ascending; corolla 10-15 mm long, 7-9 mm wide near base, pruinose grayish lavender, curved, ascending; corolla 10-15 mm in diameter near the base at broadest point; petals 20 mm long, 6-8 mm wide, slightly keeled, pruinose orange-pink outside, curving slightly outwards with an opening of 9-10 mm, 5-7 mm in diameter at waist, inner surface yellowish. Stamens 10, filaments somewhat flattened, closely ap-pressed to petals, 12-13 mm long, with pale yellow pollen. Carpels pale yellowish in lower half, upper half very dark red. Nectaries small, yellowish tinged pink. Echeveria cante is a hybrid of Echeveria subrigida. This information came from http://www.crassulaceae.com/ Although they are known to be solitary, a client recently shared that his have been offering pups. This echeveria is from Zacatecas, Mexico

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