The Yard - and a bit beyond.... Succulent Plants in the Yard: 0020: Echeveria compressicaulis

Plant ID: 0020

Genus: Echeveria

species: compressicaulis

Chromosome count: n = 42 (tetraploid)

Acquisition Date: 03/22/2011

Source: Altman Plants, Vista CA 92084

Label inscription
Native of Venezuela. This plant is more of a subshrub and does not form the traditional rosette. Flowers are bell shaped and bright golden orange. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Protect from frost. Provide bright light; hardy to 36F; to 3" tall.

Seed Lot Produced: 0016

Notes about my plant
April 2011 - I self pollinated the flowers as no other flowers were available. All seem to be developing capsules.
05/23/2011 - Harvested seed from first capsule.
Thumb of 2011-04-19/atenkley/305b47 Thumb of 2011-05-07/atenkley/0cf631 Thumb of 2011-05-24/atenkley/e51e57

Additional Information
Huntington Botanical Garden introduction:
Quoting:ISI 2002-20. Echeveria compressicaulis Eggli & Taylor ms. (soon to be published in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine)


This Venezuelan species is unique in its rosettes of dark purplish or brownish, faceted leaves and racemes of small, orange, campanulate flowers. Its stems and peduncles are irregularly angled as in E. nodulosa from Mexico. Rooted cuts of HBG 75704, from a plant collected Jan. 15, 1988 by Nigel Taylor (# 675), at 2100 m. elev., 2 km. before El Morro on dirt road from Mérida, Dist. Libertador, Venezuela.



International Crassulaceae Network
Quoting:COMPRESSICAULIS (Eggli & Taylor, 2002) Venezuela, 25 mi. S. of Merida at 6,500 ft. elev. Taylor collection #675 (1988), ISI 2002-20, HBG 75704, Kew 485-88-03745. Published in Curtis Botanical Mag. 2002, 19(4):222-226. Placed into the new Series 12 (Racmosae) in the 2003 Lexicon. No chromosome count given in Lexicon account, but elsewhere is given as n=42 (tetraploid). Plants upright growing to about 5 in., base branching. The stems show “compression” scars prominently, thus the Latin name meaning “compressed stem”. Rosettes minimal: leaves loose and scattered & of a distinctive purplish-brown color over green. The inflorescence a 2-sided, 20 cm raceme with stem also showing compression marks. Flowers orange, campanulate. Its odd stems resemble E. nodulosa of Mex. its closest relative, but it seems mysterious that their habitats could be so far apart. This plant was long known and in cultivation widely, but it remained unnamed until now, as it seemed to be part of a “spectrum” of types, thus hard to decide where to draw a line for distinct species, this plant mentioned by Uhl on p. 200 of the July, 1992 issue of CSSA Journ. This species probably related to Ech. pendulosa of same area, and with same chr. count. (but its leaves: blue-grn.) Compressicaulis is said to be of easy culture, and easy to propagate from leaves.
=*Ech. compressicaulis [Eggli & Taylor,2002], current.


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Photo of plant and inflorescence at ICN
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