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« on: June 04, 2012, 23:12:08 »

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Saw this at Huntington BOt Gardens last week, if there was label, I wasn't going near it!  Any ideas.  There was a white flowered H elliptica elsewhere that looked similar re flowersbut leaves completely different.  In case not clear, the flower belongs to the clump in back, presumably the single plant in front is different.  Mike
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 16:12:07 »

Hard to say.  The flowers look close enough to H. elliptica, but it is necessary to see where the spike is originating from.  It looks like the last publication put H. elliptica as a synonym of H. texensis (joining H. zacatecae, scariosa, and ghiesbrechtii (sp?)).  But even not taking that into account, they can be quite variable in clumping habit, shape, color, size, etc.  So hard to say...
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 18:48:06 »

it is necessary to see where the spike is originating from.  It looks like the last publication put H. elliptica as a synonym of H. texensis (joining H. zacatecae, scariosa, and ghiesbrechtii (sp?)). 

not sure what u mean, do you mean what part of the plant spike is originating from.  it is the green clump in other picture, tho when you blow it up, some are almost white!

what is latest publication?
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 19:05:21 »

...whether it is a terminal or lateral blooming plant.  When plants in the texensis group make a clump it is hard to be sure they are lateral blooms.  From that distance I wouldn't be able to tell by the leaves whether it is a texensis-type plant or a podantha-type plant.  But the flowers lean much more toward texensis/elliptica.

A paper that came out describing ~4 new species and lumping a bunch into texensis and into glomerata.  Burt-Utley's next paper on revising the genus Hechtia (~18-19yrs after the last paper she wrote on the subject...)
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