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« on: May 02, 2012, 03:28:36 »

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Got this as H podantha, a single head.  No doubt it needs to be repotted, but actually I like its look now.
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A bit confused as to how variable podantha is.  Here is one, or so says the lable, at HBG.
But it doens't look very similar to mine. 
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NOt sure if this is podantha, for some reason I have it in a folder labelled podagricha, yet that name doesn't seem to exist!  I cant make out the tag from this picture, will check next visit.  Looks like mine, though!

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 20:02:02 »

Well the problem is that there is a loose group of the 'podantha complex' that is very widespread, really variable, includes something like 9 or so species right now and will probably be further divided.  Someone did her whole PhD dissertation just on the podantha complex in Oaxaca and Puebla (and a little into Guerrero) which added two new species.  She didn't even bother with the ones up in Queretaro, Hidalgo, SLP, and Guanajuato.  I've seen what I speculate to be probably 2 or 3 new species in those states that are as of now just called H. podantha. 

Your plant doesn't quite strike me as podantha (at least as I understand the species) and probably matches close to the last photo you showed from the Huntington.  I have one similar (unlabelled--surprise!) that I haven't been able to match to anything.  I am wondering if it is one of the species from Guerrero.  I am basing this on how much the leaves curl off to the side.  I'll try to put together a post of the one that seems the closest to your plant that is in the podantha complex.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 03:27:13 »

In March I got a big clump of H. podantha that has a pretty interesting white margin. I hope to have some nice looking specimens by the end of the year. This might make up for the lame H. texensis example that I got.

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012, 03:37:01 »

Better than H. podantha...those are H. glomerata.  In full sun you should be able to get a nice reddish color to go with the white, scurfy margins.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 04:06:28 »

I can't find a pic of H. glomerata that resembles what I have. I did get it from a reliable source.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2012, 06:12:18 »

Here are a couple of shots.  Pretty characteristic for H. glomerata (certain clones) to have the white scurf margins.  I don't recall seeing any other species with that.

Here is one in habitat
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Here are a pair in the Huntington
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And there is a clone sourced from Baker as Tequila Sunset or Tequila Sunrise.  But it is just a clone of glomerata that isn't really distinguishable from other clones like that.
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2012, 15:02:33 »

H. Tequila Sunset or Tequila Sunrise... first I heard of these. Who dat?
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2012, 17:01:45 »

Just a cultivar name that BB put on a nice clone of H. glomerata that I think he collected.  I have seen one that came directly from him, but it looks like other glomerata clones.  A very nice one, but growing it side by side with half a dozen others would be hard to distinguish.  My mind was blown on the different H. glomerata types around the country this last trip...
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2012, 21:06:38 »

I thought this might be a small sized podantha..but not sure


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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2012, 22:41:36 »

Wuzz, yours certainly looks like mine.  Mike
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2012, 23:09:52 »

Wes, is that one of the ones from crazy Carl?
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2012, 00:21:35 »

Hey..Carl is ok...hard work running an establishment like that
but yes.. bought it along time ago from him
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