Echeveria agavoides

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Echeveria agavoides
Echeveria agavoides (red).jpg
Echeveria agavoides with red marks
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Echeveria
Species: E. agavoides
Binomial name
Echeveria agavoides
Lem.

Echeveria agavoides is a species of flowering plant in the Crassulaceae family, native to rocky areas of Mexico, notably the states of San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Guanajuato and Durango.

Description[edit]

E. agavoides is a small, stemless succulent plant, 8–12 cm (3–5 in) tall, with a rosette of leaves 7–15 cm (3–6 in) in diameter. It is often solitary, but old plants in good condition grow offsets. The leaves are green, triangular, thicker (6 mm) and more acute than the other echeverias - hence the explanation of their name agavoides, "looking like an agave". Some varieties with bright light have reddish (or bronze) tips and some forms have slightly red to very red margins. The inflorescences in summer appear on slender, single-sided cymes up to 50 cm (20 in) long. The flowers are pink, orange or red, the petals tipped with dark yellow.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

Synonyms :

  • Cotyledon agavoides (Lem) Baker 1869
  • Urbinia agavoides (Lem) Rose 1903
  • Echeveria yuccoides Morren 1874
  • Urbinia obscura Rose 1903
  • Echeveria obscura (Rose) A. berger 1930

Common English name : crested molded wax agave

Varieties :

  • Echeveria agavoides var. corderoyi
  • Echeveria agavoides var. multifida
  • Echeveria agavoides var. prolifera

Cultivars :

  • Lipstick, with red leaf edges
  • Ebony, with dark brown edges, almost burgundy
  • Aquamarine, with icy emerald-green leaves

The Latin specific epithet agavoides means "resembling Agave" (a plant from a different family).[2]

Cultivation[edit]

As with most echeverias, E. agavoides fears moisture and prefers mineral soils, growing best in light and even direct sunshine, which aids flowering. In order to flower, plants need rest in the winter, without water and in a cold place - but not less than 5 °C (41 °F). In temperate regions they must be kept indoors during winter, but may be placed outside during the summer months.[1]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

Many hybrids have been created to obtain more brightly colored flowers or leaves.

The easiest methods of propagation are leaf cuttings and division of older plants.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Echeveria agavoides". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  • Attila Kapitany, (2009). Knowing Echeverias, Cactus and Succulent Journal, Volume 81 Issue 2.

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